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LIBE committee  

Only days after the terrorist attack in London the civil liberties committee discussed the EU's security situation with German Interior Minister Interior Thomas de Maizière and his French counterpart Matthias Fekl debated on 27 March. Both ministers spoke about the need to secure the EU's external borders, to better share information between EU countries and to address the new challenges of radicalisation and terrorism. (Read more: Security: "We need to work quickly and effectively in order to combat terrorism" )

 

Defence: MEPs urge member states to show political will and join forces

Plenary Session Security and defence16-03-2017 - 12:28

Increasing defence cooperation in the EU now depends more upon the political will to make it happen than upon legal considerations, say MEPs in a resolution approved by Parliament on Thursday. They stress that member states can and should use the treaty tools in place to build a truly common defence policy. (Read more: Defence: MEPs urge member states to show political will and join forces )

 

Infographic: MEPs want to boost European defence by increasing cooperation

Plenary Session Security and defence16-03-2017 - 11:07
infographic illustration on benefits of closer cooperationon defence at EU level  

EU countries could achieve more on defence by pooling resources and coordinating their planning. Billions of euros are wasted every year due to duplication, overcapacity and barriers to procurement. MEPs adopted a report on it in plenary on 16 March. Defence cooperation is becoming more important because of increasing security challenges in Europe and the US pushing its European partners to invest more in defence. (Read more: Infographic: MEPs want to boost European defence by increasing cooperation )

 

Infographic: how Parliament is addressing the terrorism threat

Others Justice and home affairs / Security and defence16-02-2017 - 12:45
 

Europeans becoming radicalised and travelling to fight in Iraq or Syria represent a growing threat to the EU. Most of the recent terrorist attacks in Europe were perpetrated by home-grown terrorists. MEPs adopted on 16 February new rules to ensure stronger checks at the EU's external borders and prevent the preparation of terrorist acts. Check out our infographic for an overview of measures to tackle terrorism Parliament has been working on. (Read more: Infographic: how Parliament is addressing the terrorism threat )

 

Defence: MEPs urge member states to show political will and join forces

SEDE AFCO AFET Security and defence09-02-2017 - 12:03

Defence cooperation in the EU is now more dependent on political will than on legal considerations, say the Foreign Affairs and Constitutional Affairs committees in a joint resolution passed on Thursday. (Read more: Defence: MEPs urge member states to show political will and join forces )

 

EU-Russia relations: a key strategic challenge

Others External relations / Security and defence07-02-2017 - 15:51
SEDE commission meeting - Deterioration of the security situation in the East of Ukraine, in particular around Avdiivka -with Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze  

Amid temperatures of -20°C people in Eastern Ukraine were cut off from electricity, heating and water after pro-Russian rebels broke the ceasefire and started shelling the area last week. Another sign that managing EU-Russia relations remains a challenge especially in view of the country's assertiveness and uncertainty surrounding the future of US foreign policy. The security and defence subcommittee discussed on Monday Russia's influence in Ukraine and Southern Caucasus and how to react to it. (Read more: EU-Russia relations: a key strategic challenge )

 

Russian probing in eastern Ukraine must stop, say security and defence MEPs

SEDE External relations / Security and defence06-02-2017 - 18:23

The worsening security situation in eastern Ukraine, where heavy fighting with pro-Russian rebels recently broke out in the government-controlled town of Avdiivka, were debated by Security and Defence Subcommittee MEPs on Monday with Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze, Ukraine’s Vice Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration. MEPs urged Russia to stop testing the West’s reactions and to go on implementing the Minsk agreements. (Read more: Russian probing in eastern Ukraine must stop, say security and defence MEPs )

 

Plenary highlights: Turkey, Lux Prize, defence, air pollution

Plenary Session External relations / Security and defence / Public health25-11-2016 - 11:54
 

The EU should freeze accession negotiations with Turkey in light of the country's vast crackdown that followed the failed July coup, said MEPs in a resolution adopted this week. Also during this week's plenary session MEPs called on EU countries to step up cooperation on defence. On Wednesday Parliament awarded its annual Lux Film Prize to dark comedy Toni Erdmann by German director Maren Ade. (Read more: Plenary highlights: Turkey, Lux Prize, defence, air pollution )

 

Defence: why MEPs are pushing for closer cooperation

Plenary Session External relations / Security and defence24-11-2016 - 12:35
 

The security in and around Europe is deteriorating, while there are concerns over the incoming USA administration's commitment to backing Europeans' security through Nato. This week MEPs approve several measures to facilitate cooperation on defence and security within the EU. They also reiterated calls for EU countries to devote 2% of their gross domestic product to spending on defence. Find out more by watching our video. (Read more: Defence: why MEPs are pushing for closer cooperation )

 

Defence: MEPs push for more EU cooperation to better protect Europe

Plenary Session External relations / Security and defence23-11-2016 - 13:24
Eurofighter Typhoon  

Terrorism, hybrid threats and cyber- and energy insecurity leave EU countries no choice but to step up their security and defence cooperation efforts, thus paving the way to a European Defence Union, say MEPs in a resolution passed on Tuesday. They suggest devoting 2% of GDP to defence, establishing multinational forces and EU headquarters to plan and command crisis management operations, and enabling the EU to act where NATO is unwilling to do so. (Read more: Defence: MEPs push for more EU cooperation to better protect Europe )