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Physical security, drinkable water, electricity, office infrastructure, pharmaceutical products – civilian CSDP Missions would not run without them. The security, logistical and medical services provided by the Mission support departments of the ten civilian CSDP Missions are a precondition for their ability to function. Running Missions in distant countries – in locations as diverse as Agadez, Baghdad, Tripoli or Mtshketa – and providing for approximately 2,000 multi-lingual and multi-cultural staff in order for them to be able to carry out their work is a formidable challenge. A breakthrough in the field of mission support, enhancing both preparedness and the rapidity of the EU’s reaction to crisis situations, was the opening of the civilian CSDP Warehouse in Sweden June 2018.
Reinforced defence cooperation amongst the EU's Member States has become a priority in the current security environment. This is also about money, as the lack of cooperation in the field of security and defence comes with a luxury price tag: between 25 and 100 billion euro per year. More coordination at EU level would not only strengthen our capacity as Europeans to protect Europe and European citizens – it would also save billions of taxpayers' money and make the European defence industry more competitive.
Global challenges have not only increased in recent years, they have become more complex, multidimensional and fluid. The EU Global Strategy on Foreign and Security Policy presented in June 2016 highlights the strong link between external and EU-internal security under a changing geopolitical setting. No single country can face these emerging threats alone. And when it comes to security the interests of all EU Member States are inseparably linked. Hence the EU is creating conditions which allow Member States to collaborate more closely with each other on defence.
In a changing security environment, a military approach alone is not sufficient to guarantee safety and stability. That is why the EU approach to security and defence is much broader. The European way to security builds on Europe’s trade-mark mixture of soft and hard power, on the coherent use of these different instruments – the so-called ''Integrated Approach'' – and on cooperation.
In recent years, the security environment has changed significantly. In addition to military challenges, the EU has seen the rise of hybrid threats on its borders. For example, cyber-attacks on government information systems or disinformation campaigns can undermine elections, aim at destabilising societies and cause serious damage. Against this background, the EU has taken action to boost its capacities as a security provider.