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The next SEDE meeting

will take place on Wednesday, 3 December 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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Highlights
 
Security situation in the Baltic Sea

On 20 November the Subcommittee exchanged views with Airis Rikveilis, Defence Counsellor to NATO and the EU, Latvia and Tomasz Szatkowski, President of the National Centre for Strategic Studies, Poland, on the security situation in the Baltic Sea basin.
 
 

   
Presentation of the Maritime Security Strategy Action Plan

On 20 November the Subcommittee exchanged views on the forthcoming Maritime Security Strategy Action Plan with Paola Imperiale, Maritime Coordinator at the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Rudolf Roy, Head of Security Policy and Sanctions Division, EEAS and Beate Gminder, Head of Maritime Policy Mediterranean and Black Sea Unit, DG MARE, European Commission.
 
 

   
 
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