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MOTION FOR A RESOLUTION
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14.1.2016
PE575.961v01-00
 
B8-0059/2016

to wind up the debate on the statement by the Vice-President of the Commission / High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy

pursuant to Rule 123(2) of the Rules of Procedure


on the mutual defence clause (Article 42(7) TEU) (2015/3034(RSP))


Geoffrey Van Orden, Charles Tannock, Angel Dzhambazki, Zdzisław Krasnodębski, Kazimierz Michał Ujazdowski, Anna Elżbieta Fotyga on behalf of the ECR Group

European Parliament resolution on the mutual defence clause (Article 42(7) TEU) (2015/3034(RSP))  
B8-0059/2016

The European Parliament,

–  having regard to its previous resolutions on the internal and external threat of terrorism and extremism to Member States, and measures to combat such threats,

–  having regard to the Charter of the United Nations, and in particular to the provisions of its Chapter VII and Article 51,

–  having regard to Article 5 of the North Atlantic Treaty,

–  having regard to Article 42(7) of the Treaty on European Union,

–  having regard to the statement made by the President of the French Republic on 16 November 2015 in response to the terror attacks in Paris of 13 November 2015,

–  having regard to the Foreign Affairs Council conclusions of 17 November 2015,

–  having regard to the conclusions of the Council and of the Member States meeting within the Council on Counter-Terrorism of 20 November 2015,

–  having regard to the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union,

–  having regard to the EU Internal Security Strategy, as adopted by the Council on 25 February 2010,

–  having regard to the Commission Communication of 15 January 2014 entitled ‘Preventing Radicalisation to Terrorism and Violent Extremism: Strengthening the EU’s Response’ (COM(2013)0941),

–  having regard to Rule 123(2) of its Rules of Procedure,

A.  whereas on 13 November 2015 attacks took place in Paris in which 130 people were murdered by terrorists claiming allegiance to the so-called Islamic State (IS) group; whereas in January 2015 gunmen murdered 17 people in separate attacks in Paris, including at the Charlie Hebdo magazine and a Jewish supermarket;

B.  whereas during the Foreign Affairs Council meeting of 17 November 2015 the French Government invoked the never-before-used European Union ‘mutual defence clause’ under Article 42(7) of the Treaty on European Union to demand that Member States provide support for its operations against IS in Syria and Iraq, and other security missions in the wake of the Paris attacks;

C.  whereas Article 42(7) obliges Member States to offer aid and assistance to another Member State which has been the victim of armed aggression on its territory;

D.  whereas at the Council meeting on 17 November the defence ministers of all 27 countries unanimously offered their support to France through bilateral cooperation, aid and assistance;

E.  whereas Article 42(7) stipulates that the commitments and cooperation of Member States in the area of security and defence ‘shall be consistent with commitments under the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, which, for those States which are members of it, remains the foundation of their collective defence and the forum for its implementation’;

1.  Stands in solidarity with the people of France in their fight against terrorism, and condemns unreservedly the November attacks on Paris and the earlier attacks in January 2015;

2.  Offers its sympathy to the families and friends of all those killed and injured in the Paris attacks;

3.  Notes the curious decision by French President François Hollande to invoke Article 42(7) of the Treaty on European Union rather than Article 4 or Article 5 of the North Atlantic Treaty; notes further that Article 222 of the Treaty on European Union was specifically intended for terrorist attacks;

4.  Believes that NATO remains the foundation of Europe’s security and stability;

5.  Calls on all European countries to continue to offer every support in the fight against terrorism and to take a rigorous approach at home and abroad;

6.  Applauds the close cooperation between the Member States in terms of intelligence‑sharing and other mutual aid aimed at preventing future attacks;

7.  Expresses deep concern that those central to the Paris attacks appear to have been citizens of a European Union country, and calls in consequence for further national efforts to combat radicalisation, particularly of young people, and to control the movement of weapons, explosives and terrorist suspects;

8.  Calls on the Member States to coordinate their cooperation in the field of security and defence within NATO, ‘which, for those States which are members of it, remains the foundation of their collective defence and the forum for its implementation’;

9.  Calls on all the Member States to strengthen cooperation within and with NATO in order to revitalise the Alliance as the primary instrument for their international security and defence engagement;

10.  Instructs its President to forward this resolution to the President of the European Council, the President of the European Commission, the High Representative / Vice President of the European Commission, the NATO Secretary General and the UN Secretary-General.

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