06 May 2021
The EU is bolstering its ability to project power abroad. The latest means for doing so is through the adoption of a "Strategic Compass", which is intended to "help strengthen a common European security and defence culture". An internal document obtained by Statewatch shows how the EU Military Committee aims to ensure the views of the "Military Community" are taken into account.
See: Working Document from: European Union Military Committee (EUMC): Plan for EUMC contribution to the Dialogue Phase of the Strategic Compass (EEAS document EEAS(2021)230 REV5, LIMITE, 24 March 2021, pdf):
"Following briefings on the Strategic Compass at the CHOD's [Chiefs of Defence's] meeting in July 2020, CHODs "underlined the importance of an active military engagement throughout the process" and expressed the expectations that the Strategic Compass "should provide clear strategic guidance for both operational and capability matters". The EUMC then provided, as a first contribution, an initial input (Ref B) to the discussion on the Strategic Compass, in order to shape the Strategic Compass Scoping Paper. The aim of this contribution was to provide concrete subjects and guiding questions that the military-strategic level considers essential to be addressed by the SC and on which the military contribution will be especially relevant."
And: EEAS factsheet: Towards a Strategic Compass (May 2021, pdf)
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