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The next SEDE meeting

will take place on Wednesday, 5 November 2014, 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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CSDP priorities in the context of evolving security environment

The Subcommittee will exchange views on the CSDP priorities in the context of the evolving security environment with Walter Stevens, Chair of the Political and Security Committee.
When: 5 November 2014, 9:00-10:30         Where: room Altiero Spinelli 3G-2

CSDP missions and operations

The Subcommittee will debate the status of the current CSDP missions and operations with Gábor Iklódy, Director, Crisis Management and Planning Directorate, EEAS.
When: 5 November 2014, 15:00-16:30         Where: room Altiero Spinelli 3G-2

Security and defence aspects of the Galileo and Copernicus programmes

The Subcommittee will debate the security and defence aspects of the Galileo and Copernicus programmes with Frank Asbeck, Principal Adviser for Space and Security Policy, EEAS, and representatives of the European Commission. 
When: 5 November 2014, 10:30-12:30        Where: room Altiero Spinelli 3G-2

CSDP partnerships: the participation of neighbouring countries

On 13 October, the Subcommittee exchanged views on the participation of neighbouring countries in CSDP partnerships with Alessandro Mariani, Head of Division, CSDP Policy, Partnerships and Agreements, CMPD, EEAS, and Tamar Kekenadze, Civilian Representative of the Ministry of Defence of Georgia to EU and NATO and Maj. Gen. Borys Kremenetskyi, Defence and Military Adviser, Mission of Ukraine to the EU.  

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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