The opportunities which the Treaty of Lisbon provides the EU in consolidating its common security and defence policy as well as the reinforced parliamentary scrutiny in this field was at the centre of an inter-parliamentary committee meeting organised by the EP Committee on Foreign Affairs and the Subcommittee on Security and Defence. The meeting took place on Tuesday, 28 September 2010.
Members of the European and national Parliaments also attended a speech by the Chairman of the EP Budget Committee, Alain Lamassoure. In addition, they exchanged views on the EU role in Afghanistan following an introductory speech by Vyagaugas Usackas, EU Special Representative/Head of Delegation in Afghanistan. They also debated with Anders Fogh Rasmussen, NATO Secretary-General, the EU-NATO relation in the post-Lisbon context.