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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. ...

MEPs exchange views with UN Under-Secretary-General for Peace Operations

21 November 2019

The UN has to work on political solutions, despite divisions in international community and Security Council, says Jean-Pierre Lacroix.

The work of the UN peacekeeping missions is currently being disrupted by slow political processes. The environment is more challenging, with a higher number of fatalities, including humanitarian actors, said Under-Secretary-General for Peace Operations of the United Nations Jean-Pierre Lacroix, speaking to the Subcommittee on Security and Defence (SEDE), Committee on Foreign Affairs (AFET) and Subcommittee on Human Rights (DROI) at their extraordinary joint meeting in Brussels. ...

Militarisation of space and race for resources: What can EU do about it?

12 November 2019
Subcommittee on Security and Defence held a public hearing on Tuesday on EU´s possibilities to protect its space infrastructure and ensure EU-s common security.

Space technologies, data and services have become indispensable in the daily lives of European citizens. Today, satellite navigation systems or earth observing programmes provide useful information in the full range of areas such as supporting communications, saving lives at sea, monitoring natural disasters or border control. Useful for civil and military purposes, space is becoming increasingly contested and disputed environment with new competitors, both public and private, emerging around the world. ...

Subcommittee for Security and Defence visit to the European Defence Agency

15 November 2019
Subcommittee for Security and Defence (SEDE) will pay a working visit to the European Defence Agency on Monday, 18 November 2019.

European Defence Agency (EDA) Chief Executive Jorge Domecq will inform SEDE Subcommittee members on the outcome of the Foreign Affairs Council (defence ministers meeting) on 12 November 2019.

MEPs and representatives of EDA will also discuss activities of the Agency, the evolution of the EU defence initiatives in the future as well as Capability Development Plan and the role of artificial intelligence in defence.

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