Common Security and Defence Policy
Council welcomes CSDP progress and launch of three new missions
By Lénaïc Vaudin d’Imécourt | Monday 23 July 2012
Reiterating its commitment to the success of the ongoing Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) missions and operations, the Council of the EU welcomed the progress achieved by the EU’s CSDP since December 2011 as well as the imminent launch of three new missions: EUCAP Nestor in the Horn of Africa; EUCAP SAHEL Niger and EUAVSEC South Sudan. However, “further dynamic progress” is needed on CSDP, the Council said.
“Operational engagement of the Union through CSDP is a very tangible expression of the EU’s commitment to contribute to promote and preserve peace and stability, strengthening the EU’s overall ability to respond to security challenges with civil and military crisis management instruments,” the foreign ministers argued in their conclusions, on 23 July.
To allow said progress to be made, the Council urged High Representative Catherine Ashton to take forward work on the CSDP, “with a view to the newt FAC [Foreign Affairs Council] discussion by the end of this year”. Ministers believe that further cooperation with partner countries in the Southern and Eastern neighbourhood would “contribute to enhancing regional security and stability”. In addition, they called on Ashton to find ways of further cooperating with regional and multilateral organisations, such as the UN, NATO and the African Union. Finally, cooperation between member states should also be a priority for the EU’s CSDP, ministers said, as they welcomed the European Defence Agency’s work in the areas of pooling and sharing of military capabilities in the context of budgetary constraints.