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The next SEDE meeting

will take place on Wednesday, 21 January 2015, 9:00-12:30 and 15:00-18:30 in Brussels.
The meeting will be webstreamed and you can watch it live here and in the archives here.
The meetings of the Subcommittee on Security and Defence are open to the public. However, for security reasons, participants must obtain an access pass in advance. Requests for access passes must be sent at the latest 3 working days prior to the meeting to sede-secretariat@ep.europa.eu

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Building European military capabilities

On 3 December, the Subcommittee exchanged views with General Jean-Paul Paloméros, Supreme Allied Commander Transformation, NATO and Claude-France Arnould, Chief Executive, European Defence Agency, on military capability development in Europe, after the Wales NATO Summit and before the 2015 European Council.

Financial rules applicable to the Union budget

On 3 December, the Subcommittee considered the draft opinion on Financial rules applicable to the general budget of the Union, by Rapporteur Christian Ehler (EPP). The committee responsible is BUDG (Rapporteur: Ingeborg Gräßle, EPP).

Security situation in the South Caucasus

On 3 December, the Subcommittee debated the security situation in the South Caucasus after the signature of the "strategic partnership" between the Russian Federation and Georgia's breakaway region of Abkhazia with H.E. Natalie Sabanadze, Ambassador of Georgia to the EU.

Briefings on Defence Council and CSDP Civilian Missions

On 3 December, the Subcommittee discussed the state of play of the EU's civilian missions with Kenneth Deane, Director, Civilian Planning and Conduct Capability, EEAS. It was also debriefed on the results of the Foreign Affairs Council (Defence) held on 18 November, by Maciej Popowski, Deputy Secretary General, EEAS.

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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Welcome words

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