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Press releases related to the Committee's work can be found in the "Press releases" section under the "Home" menu of the Committee's webpage. Additional press releases are listed below.

MEPs call for unity in Common Security and Defence Policy - 4 December 2020

  • EU aims to be a global actor for peace and security
  • COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the EU's vulnerability
  • EU must intensify its efforts to become more strategically independent

Only a strong and united European Union and its member states can develop a more robust security and defence policy, say MEPs.

In a world with increasingly assertive and competing powers, and shifting alliances, the EU is aiming to be a global actor in peace and security, say Foreign Affairs Committee MEPs in the annual report on the Implementation of the Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP). ...

MEPS to examine prospects of the EU space defence sector

27 November 2020

In a debate on Monday 30 November, Subcommittee on security and defence MEPs will discuss how to strengthen and support EU space defence industries.

The EU's autonomy in space will be discussed in the Security and Defence Subcommittee meeting in which MEPs will focus on access, security, and resilience of its infrastructure in this sector. ...

Common Security and Defence Policy: Disinformation targeting EU missions & operations

16 November 2020

Members of the Security and Defence Subcommittee will discuss the impact of disinformation campaigns against the EU military and civilian missions and operations.

With more and more disinformation campaigns targeting the EU and its institutions in recent years, Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) missions and operations have also been subject to such attacks.MEPs will analyse the vulnerabilities of the CSDP missions and operations as well as ways to improve the response to disinformation campaigns, both on policy and operational levels. ...

Security and Defence Subcommittee MEPs will discuss continuing threat from Daesh

27 October 2020

On Wednesday 28 October 2020, MEPs will assess the danger posed by Daesh propaganda and the problems caused by infiltration and disinformation within the European Union.

In spite of drastically losing territory in Syria and Iraq, Daesh and its affiliates remain dangerous and continue to be a global threat. Daesh has started transitioning towards asymmetric warfare methods and guerrilla tactics, and its propaganda methods are effective in recruiting foreign fighters. ...

MEPs reiterate their support for Treaty on Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons

21 October 2020
  • Call for superpowers to resume dialogue
  • Iran should ensure full compliance with its nuclear-related commitments
  • North Korea urged to abandon its nuclear weapons programme

Effective multilateralism and a rules-based international order are essential to keep the world's nuclear regime in balance, say MEPs.

The Council and the EU foreign policy chief should reaffirm the EU's and member states' full support to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT), the most important international instrument for regulating the nuclear regime in the last fifty years, said MEPs. ...

PESCO: MEPs call Member States to deepen defence cooperation at EU level

21 October 2020
  • Stronger focus on joint European defence needed
  • A more ambitious EU budget to strengthen defence capabilities

The EU's overall level of security and defence would be higher if an effective EU system for the coherent, strategic and joint use of resources would be in place, say MEPs.

No member state can protect itself alone against the common multifaceted threats that the EU faces in its security and defence today, warn MEPs in the resolution on the implementation and governance of Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO). ...

Implementation of the CSDP: MEPs to discuss the annual draft report 2019

15 October 2020
Security and Defence Subcommittee MEPs will debate how the Common Security and Defence Policy was implemented in 2019., at the meeting on Thursday.

Taking into account the European Union's ambitions to be a global actor for peace, the MEPs will consider the EU's actions and policies which contribute to the maintenance of international peace and security, supporting the rules-based international order. ...

Security and Defence Subcommittee: MEPs to discuss the Strategic Compass

25 September 2020
MEPs will debate the future document designed to provide enhanced political and strategic direction for EU security and defence, on Monday, 28. September.

Security and Defence Subcommittee MEPs will hold an in-depth exchange of views with the Ambassador Charles Fries, Deputy Secretary General of the European External Action Service (EEAS) for Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) and Crisis Response. The discussion will focus in particular on the future "Strategic Compass". ...

Report on PESCO: No member state can protect itself alone - 22 September 2020

  • Stronger focus on joint European defence needed
  • Call for a more ambitious EU budget to strengthen defence capabilities

MEPs call on member states not to reduce their defence spending in the coming years, especially their financial involvement in European cooperative projects.

Member states participating in Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO) projects should be encouraged to evolve from a strictly national focus on defence to a stronger European one and prioritise using a more European collaborative approach, warned MEPs on the Committee on Foreign Affairs. ...

Sahel, West Africa and the Horn of Africa: a new EU approach is necessary

16 September 2020
  • EU and Africa relations must be based on solidarity and mutual respect
  • EU should invest in conflict prevention
  • Call for the European Peace Facility to be swiftly adopted

The EU's security strategy should aim at addressing the root causes of the conflicts in the region, as poverty eradication is key to achieving sustainable peace, say MEPs.

In the resolution adopted during the plenary session on Tuesday, by 427 votes in favour, 128 against and 140 abstentions, MEPs express their strong belief that the EU should invest as much as possible in processes aimed at conflict prevention, for example by triggering a multitude of very concrete mediation, dialogue and reconciliation processes, in parallel to other security measures. ...

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