Strengthening security and defence policy

On 15 November, Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle travelled to Paris with Defence Minister Thomas de Maizière to meet with the Foreign and Defence Ministers of France, Italy, Poland and Spain.The meeting’s focus was on the further development of the EU’s Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP).

At the meeting, Foreign Minister Westerwelle emphasized the importance of the EU’s networked approach, meaning the combination of military capabilities with civilian involvement such as development policy measures, economic aid and much more. The German Foreign Minister said that complex problems could only be solved through networked strategies, adding that continuing to work towards a civilian-military planning structure for the EU and continuing to develop the European External Action Service was therefore the right course of action.Westerwelle stressed that further development of the CSDP must not come at NATO's cost.The situation in Mali and Europe’s contribution to solving the crisis were also discussed on the margins of the meeting.

On 19 November the Foreign and Defence Ministers of all European Union member states will meet in Brussels. The further development of the CSDP will also be the focus of their meeting.

Statement by the Foreign and Defence Ministers of Germany, France, Italy, Poland and Spain, Paris, 15 November 2012 (PDF, 76 KB)

The European Security and Defence Policy (ESDP) was established in 1999. In the Treaty of Lisbon in 2009, this grew into the Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP). The reason for this change in name was that European security policy had seen considerable further development. The CSDP enables the EU to use civilian, police and military instruments to cover the full spectrum of crisis prevention and management responsibilities.

More on the EU’s Common Security and Defence Policy can be found here.

Last updated 15.11.2012

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