Security and defence - CSDP


HR/VP Ashton at EUMM HeadquartersHR/VP Ashton at EUMM Headquarters

In a rapidly changing world, the EU is faced with security challenges both in its immediate neighbourhood and further afield.  The Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) enables the Union to take a leading role in peace-keeping operations, conflict prevention and in the strengthening of the international security. It is an integral part of the EU's comprehensive approach towards crisis management, drawing on civilian and military assets. Since 2003 the EU has launched some 30 peace missions and operations contributing to stabilisation and security in Europe and beyond.

In a time of limited resources Europe also needs to do better with less. The CSDP allows EU Member States to pool their resources and to build stronger defence capabilities to act rapidly and effectively.


Recent press releases and speeches

  • 12/09/2014
    Tackling global challenges: EU-Canada research cooperation
  • 12/09/2014
    1 88812 1 _blank Ukraine: Reinforced restrictive measures against Russia Ukraine: Reinforced restrictive measures against Russia

    Strengthened EU sanctions against Russia, entered into force this morning upon publication of the legal acts in the EU Official Journal.

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    Ukraine: Reinforced restrictive measures against Russia
  • 12/09/2014
    574 65744 1 _blank Fact Sheet - EU-Ukraine relations (Updated) Fact Sheet - EU-Ukraine relations (Updated) /statements/docs/2014/140514_02_en.pdf 09/12/2014 14:23:00 09/12/2014 14:23:00 09/12/2014 14:23:00 nulldate 2014091214 <p>European External Action Service</p> 090126248be66081 N 090126248c9e8ee7 /statements/docs/2014/140514_02_en.pdf 474824 pdf Y /statements/docs/2014/140514_02_en.pdf 1 /statements/docs/2014/140514_02_en.pdf /statements/docs/2014/140514_02_zz.pdf N ID_INTERNAL N N
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