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In-Depth Analysis - Will CSDP Enjoy 'Collateral Gains' from France's Invocation of the EU's 'Mutual Defence Clause'? - PE 570.452 - Committee on Foreign Affairs - Subcommittee on Security and Defence

Mon, 14/12/2015 - 00:00
Following the terrorist attacks of 13 November 2015 in Paris, the 'mutual defence/assistance clause' of the Treaty of Lisbon (article 42.7 TEU) was invoked for the first time by an EU Member State. This tool is a 'reactive', intergovernmental instrument. Devoid of specific implementation arrangements, the text foresees no explicit role for EU institutions. As a result, any Member State invoking the clause maintains a wide margin of manoeuvre for pursuing bilateral discussions with partners, who are at once bound to assist and free to decide the type and scope of their assistance. Article 42.7 was not the only clause France could have invoked to ask for assistance, but it was the least constraining. At a time when the country's financial and military capabilities are increasingly stretched, the simpler clause was a logical choice Beyond the immediate consequences – Member States' unanimous political support and bilateral discussions on assistance – the act is likely to affect the wider debate about the EU's Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP). The Union's strategic thinking (including on the future 'EU global Strategy for Foreign and Security Policy') and developments may be influenced by the inauguration, with a renewed focus on preparedness, pooling and sharing of capabilities, and the EU's 'comprehensive approach' to crises. The European Parliament has long supported mutual assistance in cases of crises. With its oversight role (in particular based on Article 36 TEU) and role in coordinating with national parliaments, the Parliament could stimulate and take part in debates on the EU's role in multidimensional and transnational crises. Such debates can contribute to an evaluation of Article 42.7 and potentially improve the EU’s security 'toolbox'.
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At a Glance - Policy Departments’ Monthly Highlights - December 2015 - PE 568.991 - Subcommittee on Security and Defence - Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs - Committee on Foreign Affairs - Committee on the Environment, Public...

Mon, 14/12/2015 - 00:00
The Monthly Highlights publication provides an overview, at a glance, of the on-going work of the policy departments, including a selection of the latest and forthcoming publications, and a list of future events.
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Highlights - EPRS Briefing: ISIL/Da'esh and 'non-conventional' weapons of terror - Subcommittee on Security and Defence

Tue, 08/12/2015 - 15:16
The EU and its Member States must prepare for the possibility of a chemical or biological attack on their territory by the self-styled 'Islamic State' in Iraq and the Levant. Since the beginning of October 2015, terrorist attacks in Ankara, the Sinai Peninsula, Beirut, Paris and Tunis, for which ISIL/Da'esh has claimed responsibility, have cost the lives of 500 people. Immediately following the latest attack in Paris, the jihadist terrorist group threatened further attacks in European cities.
ISIL has vowed that future strikes will be more lethal andeven more shocking. This has prompted experts to warn that the group may beplanning to try to use internationally banned weapons of mass destruction infuture attacks. At present, European citizens are not seriously contemplatingthe possibility that extremist groups might use chemical, biological,radiological or nuclear (CBRN) materials during attacks in Europe. Under thesecircumstances, the impact of such an attack, should it occur, would be evenmore destabilising.

European governments and EU institutions need to be onalert, and should consider publicly addressing the possibility of a terroristattack using chemical, biological, radiological or even nuclear materials. TheEU institutions have devoted considerable efforts to preventing a CBRN attackon European soil and preparing worst-case scenarios. However, some gaps remain,in particular with regard to information-sharing among Member States.


Further information
EPRS Briefing: ISIL/Da'esh and 'non-conventional' weapons of terror
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Latest news - The next SEDE meeting - Subcommittee on Security and Defence

Fri, 04/12/2015 - 09:43

will take place on Monday 25 January, 15:00-18:30, in Brussels.


Organisations or interest groups who wish to apply for access to the European Parliament will find the relevant information below.


Further information
watch the meeting live
Access rights for interest group representatives
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Highlights - MEPs Brok, Fotyga, Plenković: Russia must show commitment to the Minsk agreements - Subcommittee on Security and Defence

Fri, 04/12/2015 - 09:28
Following the meeting today on the implementation of the Minsk agreements, Elmar Brok, Chair of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, Anna Fotyga, Chair of the Subcommittee on Security of Defense, and Andrej Plenković, Chair of the Delegation to the EU-Ukraine Parliamentary Association Committee, encouraged Ukraine to keep up its reform path and commitment to the Minsk process and called on Russia to “urgently demonstrate” commitment to “achieve all points covered by the agreement.”
(full announcement below)
Further information
Press statement - Brussels, 3 December 2015
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Video of a committee meeting - Thursday, 3 December 2015 - 10:57 - Subcommittee on Security and Defence

Thu, 03/12/2015 - 13:56
Length of video : 103'
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Video of a committee meeting - Thursday, 3 December 2015 - 09:09 - Subcommittee on Security and Defence - Committee on Foreign Affairs

Thu, 03/12/2015 - 13:49
Length of video : 104'
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Highlights - The outcome of the EDA Ministerial Steering Board of 17 November 2015 - Subcommittee on Security and Defence

Wed, 02/12/2015 - 10:29
On 1 December the Subcommittee on Security and Defence will debate the outcome of the EDA Ministerial Steering Board of 17 November 2015 with Jorge Domecq, Chief Executive of the European Defence Agency.
Further information
draft agenda and meeting documents
Speech by Jorge Domecq, Chief Executive, EDA
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Highlights - The use of Private Security Companies in the context of European security and defence - Subcommittee on Security and Defence

Wed, 02/12/2015 - 09:52
On 3 December the Subcommittee on Security and Defence will hold a public hearing to look at the use of private security companies in external operations and the relevant rules in Europe.
Further information
Programme and documents
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Video of a committee meeting - Tuesday, 1 December 2015 - 15:07 - Subcommittee on Security and Defence

Wed, 02/12/2015 - 09:39
Length of video : 183'
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Video of a committee meeting - Tuesday, 1 December 2015 - 09:10 - Subcommittee on Security and Defence

Tue, 01/12/2015 - 16:35
Length of video : 207'
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Video of a committee meeting - Monday, 30 November 2015 - 16:03 - Committee on Development - Subcommittee on Security and Defence

Tue, 01/12/2015 - 10:39
Length of video : 155'
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Hearings - The use of Private Security Companies in the context of European security and defence - 03-12-2015 - Subcommittee on Security and Defence

Fri, 27/11/2015 - 11:57
The hearing will look at the use of private security companies in external operations and the relevant rules in Europe.
Location : Altiero Spinelli 3G-2
Programme
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Highlights - Public hearing "Development and Security, particularly in the Sahel region" - Subcommittee on Security and Defence

Thu, 26/11/2015 - 10:58
On 30 November The Subcommittee on Security and Defence and the Committee on Development will hold a public hearing to discuss the intertwined challenges of development and security and how to address them in a joined-up approach.
Further information
Programme
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Highlights - Debriefing on the FAC - Defence of 17 November and the activation of Art. 42.7 TEU - Subcommittee on Security and Defence

Thu, 26/11/2015 - 10:46
On 1 December the Subcommittee on Security and Defence will exchange views with Pedro Serrano, Deputy Secretary General for CSDP and crisis response, EEAS, on the outcome of the Foreign Affairs Council in Defence Ministers configuration, and in particular on the activation of Art. 42.7 TEU.
Further information
draft agenda and meeting documents
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Highlights - Exchange of views with the Minister of Defence of Georgia - Subcommittee on Security and Defence

Tue, 24/11/2015 - 16:13
On 1 December the Subcommittee on Security and Defence will exchange views with Tinatin Khidasheli, Minister of Defence of Georgia. The participation of Georgia in EU crisis management operations and its active participation show Georgia's great commitment as one of the main partner countries in the CSDP missions. Clearly, the Association Agreement is a sign of EU and Georgia mutual political will to further develop cooperation and the EU-Georgia dialogue.
Further information
draft agenda
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Highlights - EUNAVFOR Med Sophia - countering human smugglers in the Mediterranean - Subcommittee on Security and Defence

Tue, 24/11/2015 - 16:06
On 1 December the Subcommittee on Security and Defence will exchange views with Rear Admiral Enrico Credendino, Operation Commander of EUNAVFOR MED Sophia, on the contribution of the CSDP operation to the fight against human smugglers and traffickers in the Southern Central Mediterranean.
Further information
draft agenda
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Hearings - Development and Security, particularly in the Sahel region - 30-11-2015 - Subcommittee on Security and Defence - Committee on Development

Tue, 24/11/2015 - 11:56
The Subcommittee on Security and Defence and the Committee on Development will hold a public hearing to discuss the intertwined challenges of development and security and how to address them in a joined-up approach.
Location : Paul-Henri Spaak 5B001
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