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The next SEDE meeting

will take place on Wednesday, 24 September 2014, 9:00-12:30 and 15:00-18:30 in Brussels.
 
 
 

 
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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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Debriefing on the informal meeting of EU Defence Ministers

On 11 September 2014 the Subcommittee exchanged views with Maciej Popowski, Deputy Secretary General, EEAS on the outcome of the informal meeting of EU Defence Ministers on 9 and 10 September 2014. 
 
 

 
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NATO priorities and challenges after the Wales Summit

On 11 September 2014 the Subcommittee debated NATO priorities and challenges after its summit on 4 and 5 September 2014, with James Appathurai, Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Political Affairs and Security Policy, NATO.
 
 

 
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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