7th parliamentary term
Conference of Committee Chairs
6th parliamentary term
6th term Conference of Committee Chairmen
6th term committees
Document search
Former temporary committees
Former committees of inquiry
Events archive

Plenary documentsPlenary documents
Videos of plenary debatesVideos of plenary debates
The PresidentThe President
The Secretary GeneralThe Secretary General
Coming up in committeesComing up in committees
Think TankThink Tank


Security and Defence

Archived on 1 July 2014 - these pages are not updated

Meeting documents

Welcome words

"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

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;..."