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European security and defence has turned 20 this year and while more work lies ahead, a lot has been achieved over the past few years. Today, the EU is a global security provider, taking an active role to stabilise our neighbourhood and keep European citizens safe. There is a unique European way to security and peace, and the EU’s civilian and military missions and operations are a part of it. Some of their work can be measured in numbers.
High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission, Federica Mogherini, and the Minister of National Defence of Viet Nam, General NGO Xuan Lich, signed an Agreement establishing a framework for the participation of Viet Nam in European Union crisis management operations.
The security situation in the Sahel is degrading. The EU supports the security and defence efforts of the G5 Sahel countries inter alia by deploying security advisors. The CivOpsCdr and the EU Special Representative for the Sahel visited Mali for an on-the-spot evaluation with the Malian leadership.
The EU Monitoring Mission (EUMM) is the only permanent international presence on the ground monitoring the situation between the two breakaway regions of Georgia, namely Abkhazia and South Ossetia. An open dialogue that takes place at meetings of the IPRM and via an EUMM-managed Hotline provides opportunities to bridge divides.