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Press releases related to the Committee's work can be found in the "Press releases" section under the "Home" menu of the Committee's webpage. Additional press releases are listed below.

Security and Defence Subcommittee MEPs will discuss continuing threat from Daesh

27 October 2020

On Wednesday 28 October 2020, MEPs will assess the danger posed by Daesh propaganda and the problems caused by infiltration and disinformation within the European Union.

In spite of drastically losing territory in Syria and Iraq, Daesh and its affiliates remain dangerous and continue to be a global threat. Daesh has started transitioning towards asymmetric warfare methods and guerrilla tactics, and its propaganda methods are effective in recruiting foreign fighters. ...

MEPs reiterate their support for Treaty on Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons

21 October 2020
  • Call for superpowers to resume dialogue
  • Iran should ensure full compliance with its nuclear-related commitments
  • North Korea urged to abandon its nuclear weapons programme

Effective multilateralism and a rules-based international order are essential to keep the world's nuclear regime in balance, say MEPs.

The Council and the EU foreign policy chief should reaffirm the EU's and member states' full support to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT), the most important international instrument for regulating the nuclear regime in the last fifty years, said MEPs. ...

PESCO: MEPs call Member States to deepen defence cooperation at EU level

21 October 2020
  • Stronger focus on joint European defence needed
  • A more ambitious EU budget to strengthen defence capabilities

The EU's overall level of security and defence would be higher if an effective EU system for the coherent, strategic and joint use of resources would be in place, say MEPs.

No member state can protect itself alone against the common multifaceted threats that the EU faces in its security and defence today, warn MEPs in the resolution on the implementation and governance of Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO). ...

Implementation of the CSDP: MEPs to discuss the annual draft report 2019

15 October 2020
Security and Defence Subcommittee MEPs will debate how the Common Security and Defence Policy was implemented in 2019., at the meeting on Thursday.

Taking into account the European Union's ambitions to be a global actor for peace, the MEPs will consider the EU's actions and policies which contribute to the maintenance of international peace and security, supporting the rules-based international order. ...

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". ...

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