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The next SEDE meeting

will take place on 7 July 2014 (constituent meeting).
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 5 working days before the start of the meeting to sede-secretariat@europarl.europa.eu

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Building maritime capacity in the Horn of Africa

On 1 April 2014 the Subcommittee exchanged views with Etienne de Poncins, Head of the EUCAP Nestor mission, and Gilles Janvier, acting EU Civilian Operations Commander, on regional maritime capacity building in the Horn of Africa.

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Next steps in strengthening the European defence industry

On 1 April 2014 the Subcommittee debated the next steps in strengthening the European defence industry with Slawomir Tokarski, Head of Unit, Defence, Aeronautic and Maritime industries, DG Enterprise and Industry.

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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 European security and defence policy (ESDP). In this context the committee is assisted by a subcommittee on security and defence;..." 
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"Since it was first set up in 1999, the Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) has enabled the European Union to show that it can act effectively and usefully in the world. More than 20 civilian and military missions have been carried out by the EU, contributing to stability and maintaining the peace in the Balkans, the South Caucasus, Africa, the Middle East and Asia.
But for a European policy to be fully legitimate, that is to say, understood, accepted and, indeed, called for by the citizens of the Member States, the European Parliament must be associated with its decisions.
In my view, the role of the Sub-Committee on Security and Defence is precisely to examine developments in the CSDP in terms of institutions, capabilities and operations and to ensure that security and defence issues do not remain the exclusive preserve of experts, but also respond to the concerns expressed by the citizens of Europe."
Arnaud Danjean