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Defence Subcommittee MEPs will meet new head of the European Defence Agency

16 July 2020
EU collaborative defence projects and the development of EU capabilities should be on agenda at the meeting with the head of the European Defence Agency on Thursday.

Security and Defence Subcommittee MEPs will discuss the implementation of EU defence initiatives with Jiří Šedivý, new Chief Executive of the European Defence Agency. It is expected that MEPs will ask Mr Šedivý about the Agency's priorities and possibilities in supporting PESCO defence projects and the results of the last steering committee of the Agency. ...

MEPs debate defence priorities with Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer

14 July 2020

Defence and security policy will be marked by the COVID-19 crisis, says the German Defence Minister, presenting the priorities of the German Presidency.

When it comes to defence and security policy, the COVID-19 crisis will mark the German Presidency priorities, just as it will every other policy area, said German defence minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer to the Foreign Affairs Committee and Defence Subcommittee MEPs on Tuesday.

Presenting via video link the security and defence priorities of the EU for the next six months, she stressed that German presidency's attention will be focused on European resilience - "where we as Europeans haven't been resilient enough, above and beyond national borders". ...

MEPs adopt a report on the implementation of EU arms export rules

13 July 2020
  • EU-27 and UK were collectively the second largest arms supplier in the world
  • Common Position criteria take precedence over national interests
  • Need for greater transparency in arms exports

MEPs condemn the increasing arms race evolving across the world, calling on the EU to play an active role in the areas of non-proliferation of arms and global disarmament.

In the "Arms export: implementation of Common Position 2008/944/CFSP" report, adopted by the European Parliament´s Committee on Foreign Affairs on Monday evening, MEPs looked into how the member states were implementing the EU's common rules governing the control of exports of military technology and equipment.

The latest SIPRI figures show that arms exports from the EU-28 amounted to some 26 % of the global total in 2015-2019, collectively making the EU-28 the second largest arms supplier in the world after the USA (36 %) and followed by Russia (21 %), point out MEPs. ...




European defence: Exchange with the French Minister of Armed Forces

2 July 2020

Security and Defence Subcommittee MEPs will discuss strategic issues and perspectives of European security and defence policy with Florence Parly, on Thursday at 9 a.m.

Thursday 2 July 2020, 9.00 - 11.00

Room: József Antall (4Q1), Brussels - Remote meeting


The work that needs to be done on European strategic autonomy and the EU´s level of ambition in achieving it will be on the table in the meeting of the Security and Defence Subcommittee MEPs with the French Minister of Armed Forces, Florence Parly, on Thursday morning. It is expected that MEPs and Minister Parly will also discuss the action taken by the European armed forces during the COVID-19 crisis, the ways forward to reinforcing European engagement in Africa, especially in the Sahel, preparedness and response against cyberattacks and disinformation as well as EU action to enforce the respect of arms embargo in Libya and the state of play of operation IRINI.

Other topics to be covered may include the European Strategic Compass.

The era of naive Europe is over, says Commissioner Breton

25 June 2020
MEPs discussed the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on the European defence industry with the Commissioner for Internal Market, on Thursday.

The era of naive Europe is over, said Commissioner for Internal Market Thierry Breton, during a discussion on the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on the European defence industry with MEPs in the Subcommittee on Security and Defence. He listed a number of issues that Europe needs to tackle, such as developing defence technology, countering hybrid threats and achieving digital sovereignty. ...

Call for renewed relationship with African continent based on solidarity and respect

24 June 2020
Call for a renewed relationship with the African continent based on solidarity and respect
  • The traditional agro-pastoral economy has been destabilised
  • Poverty eradication is key to sustainable peace
  • Call for the European Peace Facility to be swiftly adopted
Foreign Affairs Committee MEPs point to an array of challenges with which countries in the Sahel region, West Africa and Horn of Africa struggle to cope.
Climate change, population growth, food insecurity or uncontrolled exploitation of natural resources are just some of the challenges that many African countries struggle to cope with, warned MEPs in the Committee on Foreign Affairs.

It all leads to destabilisation of the traditional agro-pastoral economy, which, combined with weak institutions and a lack of trust in government, results in religious extremism, concluded MEPs in a report on EU-African security cooperation in the Sahel region, West Africa and the Horn of Africa, adopted on Monday. ...

EU must guarantee security to its citizens, warns Defence Subcommittee Chair

26 May 2020
  • Efficiency to be encompassed in future defence spending
  • Europe needs a common strategy culture
"We need to ask ourselves: What can strengthen EU resilience and sovereignty?", Security and Defence Subcommittee chair Nathalie Loiseau told EU foreign policy chief Borrell.

Europe's economic recovery after the COVID-19 crisis will be costly, but it should not be at the expense of the EU's security, said High Representative and Commission Vice-President Josep Borrell at an extraordinary meeting of Parliament's Subcommittee on Security and Defence (SEDE) on Tuesday. ...

EU foreign policy Chief Josep Borrell in Security and Defence Subcommittee

26 May 2020
MEPs will examine the challenges the EU is facing in security and defence due to the COVID-19 crisis, including disinformation and hybrid threats, today at 14.00

In the debate with High Representative and Commission Vice-President Josep Borrell, the Security and Defence Subcommittee MEPs will focus on the state of play in CSDP (Common Security and Defence Policy) missions and operations as well as the use of military assets in providing help during the COVID-19 crisis.

It is expected that MEPs will also talk about Europe's resilience in terms of cybersecurity and whether the EU is capable of countering hybrid threats and disinformation.

When: Tuesday, 26 May 2020, 14.00 - 16.00

Where: Room: József Antall (4Q1) - Remote meeting


You can follow the meeting live here. See the full agenda of the meeting here
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COVID-19: Impact on the EU Common Security and Defence Policy missions and operations

27 April 2020
  • Currently 17 EU military and civilian missions and operations, on three continents
  • Efficient measures undertaken to secure the safety of personnel
  • New forms of cooperation due to the impact of the pandemic
The Chair of Parliament's Defence Committee warns that, despite the pandemic, violence and crises continue, so EU missions must keep their operational capability.

"Our first concern is and must always be the health and safety of the European Union's personnel deployed in CSDP (Common Security and Defence Policy) missions and operations", underlined the Chair of the Sub-Committee on Security and Defence (SEDE) Nathalie Loiseau (Renew Europe, FR) after meeting commanders of EU military and civilian missions and operations on Thursday 23 April. ....

MEPs debate rules on exports of military technology and equipment

27 April 2020

The Subcommittee on Security and Defence will discuss whether EU member states are abiding by EU arms export rules, this Monday afternoon.

In 2019, the EU-28 collectively were the second largest arms supplier in the world, after the USA and followed by Russia. The Middle East and North Africa remained the principal regional destinations for exports.

The annual report drafted by Hannah Neumann (Greens/EFA, DE) looks into how the member states are implementing the EU's common rules governing the control of exports of military technology and equipment. ...
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