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The next SEDE meetings

will take place on Wednesday, 24 September 2014, 9:00-12:30 and 15:00-18:30 and on Monday, 13 October 2014, 15:00-18:30 in Brussels.
The meeting on 1st October 2014 is cancelled.

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Iraq/Syria and beyond: International security threat by ISIS

On 24 September 2014 the Subcommittee jointly with the Committee on Foreign Affairs debated the security threat by ISIS in Iraq, Syria and beyond with Gilles de Kerchove, EU Counter-Terrorism Coordinator, John O'Rourke, Head of Division, "Arabian Peninsula, Iran and Iraq", EEAS and Florence Gaub, Senior Analyst, EU Institute for Security Studies.

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The future of territorial defence in Europe

On 24 September 2014 the Subcommittee debated the future of territorial defence in Europe in context of the current security situation with Timo S. Koster, Director Defence Policy and Capabilities Directorate, NATO, Petros Mavromichalis, Head of Division "EU Situation Room", EEAS and Jo Coelmont, Senior Associate Fellow, Egmont Institute.

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Exchange of views with the Chairman of the EU Military Committee

On 24 September 2014 the Subcommittee exchanged views with General Patrick de Rousiers, Chairman of the EU Military Committee, on the development of the CSDP and on EU military operations.

Ukraine - what challenges for CSDP and NATO?

On 11 September 2014 the Subcommittee debated the security situation in Ukraine and the challenges this new European security context poses for CSDP and NATO with Maciej Popowski, Deputy Secretary General, EEAS and James Appathurai, Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Political Affairs and Security Policy, NATO.

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SEDE 24-09-2014 - 09:25  

The security threat posed by the so-called Islamic State in Iraq, Syria and elsewhere in the world will be debated with EU Counter-Terrorism Coordinator Gilles de Kerchove at a meeting of Security and Defence Subcommittee and Foreign Affairs Committee MEPs on Wednesday. The debate starts at 15:00.

Presentation and responsibilities
The Subcommittee on Security and Defence is a subcommittee of the Committee on Foreign Affairs. Its responsibilities are described in the first paragraph of the Committee's mandate:
"Committee responsible for: 1. the common foreign and security policy (CFSP) and the common security and defence policy (CSDP). In this context the committee is assisted by a subcommittee on security and defence;..."
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Our peace and security, never to be taken for granted, are increasingly threatened by events on our doorstep and beyond.  The Treaty on European Union provides the legal ground for effective action by Member States to tackle these threats in the EU’s neighbourhood.
From the establishment of the Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) in 1999 to the 30 civilian and military missions carried out since, the EU has contributed to stability and helped maintain peace in the Balkans, the South Caucasus, Africa and the Middle East. In 2013 EU leaders set out a roadmap for more effective capabilities and a new impetus to the CSDP, while underlining our important relationship with NATO.
The Security and Defence subcommittee (SEDE) has established itself as a key forum for fostering debate and examining CSDP developments in terms of institutions, capabilities and operations. It is an essential tool for holding to account CSDP decision-makers and for the policy to be understood by EU citizens.
In this 8th legislature,  SEDE will continue to scrutinise the CSDP, making sure it responds quickly and effectively to new and existing challenges to the security of the Union and its citizens.
Anna Fotyga
SEDE Chair