Security and defence - CSDP

ABOUT 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.

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Recent press releases and speeches

  • 17/10/2014
    261 57255 1 _blank EU and Japan hold joint counter-piracy exercise EU and Japan hold joint counter-piracy exercise

    On Thursday 16 October, the European Union Naval Force (EU NAVFOR) Somalia-Operation Atalanta and Japan's Self-Defence Forces (SDF) conducted a joint counter-piracy exercise in the Gulf of Aden.

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    EU and Japan hold joint counter-piracy exercise pdf - 308 KB [308 KB]
  • 16/10/2014
    247 57255 1 _blank Demande de soutien aux populations d'Irak persécutées ou déplacées Demande de soutien aux populations d'Irak persécutées ou déplacées

    Demande de soutien aux populations d'Irak persécutées ou déplacées

    /petitions/2014/20141016_demande-soutien-irak-persecutees_fr.pdf
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    Demande de soutien aux populations d'Irak persécutées ou déplacées pdf - 38 KB [38 KB] français (fr)
  • 16/10/2014
    Opening remarks by President Herman Van Rompuy at the EU-ASEAN leaders meetingpdf

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