EU: European Council: DEFENCE POLICY: European Council, 19-20 December 2013: Conclusions on common security and defence policy


"For the first time since the entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty, the European Council held a thematic debate on defence. It identified priority actions for stronger cooperation. This debate was preceded by a meeting with the NATO Secretary-General."

"The European Council calls on the Member States to deepen defence cooperation by improving the capacity to conduct missions and operations and by making full use of synergies in order to improve the development and availability of the required civilian and military capabilities, supported by a more integrated, sustainable, innovative and competitive European Defence Technological and Industrial Base (EDTIB). This will also bring benefits in terms of growth, jobs and innovation to the broader European industrial sector."

"The numerous civilian and military crisis management missions and operations throughout the world are a tangible expression of the Union's commitment to international peace and security. Through CSDP, the Union today deploys more than 7000 staff in 12 civilian missions and four military operations."


See the full text: European Council, 19-20 December 2013: Conclusions on common security and defence policy (pdf) Includes Battle Groups deployment, migration, the development of Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS), role of the European Defence Agency, the European defence technological and industrial base (EDTIB) and Research – dual-use.

 

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