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Security and Defence Subcommittee: MEPs to discuss the Strategic Compass

25 September 2020
MEPs will debate the future document designed to provide enhanced political and strategic direction for EU security and defence, on Monday, 28. September.


Security and Defence Subcommittee MEPs will hold an in-depth exchange of views with the Ambassador Charles Fries, Deputy Secretary General of the European External Action Service (EEAS) for Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) and Crisis Response. The discussion will focus in particular on the future "Strategic Compass". ...


Report on PESCO: No member state can protect itself alone - 22 September 2020

  • Stronger focus on joint European defence needed
  • Call for a more ambitious EU budget to strengthen defence capabilities


MEPs call on member states not to reduce their defence spending in the coming years, especially their financial involvement in European cooperative projects.


Member states participating in Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO) projects should be encouraged to evolve from a strictly national focus on defence to a stronger European one and prioritise using a more European collaborative approach, warned MEPs on the Committee on Foreign Affairs. ...

Sahel, West Africa and the Horn of Africa: a new EU approach is necessary

16 September 2020
  • EU and Africa relations must be based on solidarity and mutual respect
  • EU should invest in conflict prevention
  • Call for the European Peace Facility to be swiftly adopted

The EU's security strategy should aim at addressing the root causes of the conflicts in the region, as poverty eradication is key to achieving sustainable peace, say MEPs.

In the resolution adopted during the plenary session on Tuesday, by 427 votes in favour, 128 against and 140 abstentions, MEPs express their strong belief that the EU should invest as much as possible in processes aimed at conflict prevention, for example by triggering a multitude of very concrete mediation, dialogue and reconciliation processes, in parallel to other security measures. ...



MEPs to discuss new defence related priorities - 7 September 2020

4 September 2020

Members of the Subcommittee on Security and Defence will discuss the COVID-19 pandemic repercussions on defence matters, as well as how to protect the European strategic autonomy, on Monday 7 September 2020.

Members of the Subcommittee on Security and Defence will discuss the latest developments related to the ongoing global health crisis and its repercussions on the European defence and security mechanisms, on Monday. ...

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. ...
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