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Highlights - Security implications of Russian Strategic Communication - Subcommittee on Security and Defence

Tue, 16/02/2016 - 11:36
At its meeting on 18 February, SEDE will have an exchange of views about the Russian Strategic Communication and information warfare in the Eastern partnership countries. It will consider the risks involved into Russia's ongoing disinformation campaign and assess the progress made in addressing this issue. Guests speakers will include the East Stratcom Task Force created within the EEAS following the decision of the European Council in March 2015 and a representative from NATO.
Further information
Draft agenda and meeting documents
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Highlights - EU Monitoring Mission in Georgia: state of play and future perspectives - Subcommittee on Security and Defence

Fri, 05/02/2016 - 13:32
On 17 February SEDE will exchange views on the state of play and future perspectives of the EUMM Georgia with Kęstutis Jankauskas, Head of Mission of EUMM Georgia and Kenneth Deane, Director of the EU Civilian Planning and Conduct Capability, EEAS.
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Highlights - Draft reports to be discussed on 17-18 February - Subcommittee on Security and Defence

Fri, 05/02/2016 - 13:20
At its meeting on 17-18 February, SEDE will discuss the draft report on Peace Support Operations - EU engagement with the UN and the African Union, Rapporteur Geoffrey VAN ORDEN (ECR, UK) and the draft report on space capabilities for European security and defence, Rapporteur Bogdan Andrzej ZDROJEWSKI (PPE, PL).
Further information
Draft reports
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Video of a committee meeting - Thursday, 4 February 2016 - 09:07 - Subcommittee on Security and Defence

Thu, 04/02/2016 - 12:58
Length of video : 88'
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Highlights - Eurocorps: experiences and future perspectives - Subcommittee on Security and Defence

Thu, 04/02/2016 - 11:44
Eurocorps is a multinational fully deployable and highly autonomous Headquarters that has recently taken part in CSDP military training mission in Mali (EUTM Mali). Lieutenant General Alfredo Ramirez, Commanding General of Eurocorps and Brigadier General Franz Xaver Pfrengle, former Mission Commander of EUTM Mali discussed with SEDE Members this experience as well as future perspectives for Eurocorps on 4 February in Strasbourg. Please find below the presentation.
Further information
draft agenda and meeting documents
Presentation by General Ramirez and Pfrengle
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Latest news - The next SEDE meeting - Subcommittee on Security and Defence

Thu, 04/02/2016 - 11:30

will take place on 17-18 February, 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 - Children in armed conflicts: challenges for international action - Subcommittee on Security and Defence

Fri, 29/01/2016 - 10:36
On 25 January the Subcommittee on Security and Defence jointly with the Subcommittee on Human Rights exchanged views on children in armed conflicts and challenges for international action with Leila Zerrougui, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, United Nations (see link to speech below).
Further information
draft agenda and meeting documents
discours Leila Zerrougui (en FR)
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In-Depth Analysis - Implementation and Review of the European Union-Central Asia Strategy: Recommendations for EU Action - PE 535.019 - Subcommittee on Human Rights - Committee on Foreign Affairs - Subcommittee on Security and Defence

Fri, 29/01/2016 - 00:00
The 2007 European Union (EU) Strategy for Central Asia was reviewed for the fourth time in 2015. Over the last eight years, the EU has successfully established several institutionalised mechanisms for strengthening relations and working with Central Asian governments, including an increased presence on the ground. Despite this, the EU’s engagement in Central Asia is one of limited to no impact. The region has become more unstable; forecast gas deliveries from the region to Europe have so far not materialised; trade is minimal with the exception of EU-Kazakhstan links, democracy is seen by the Central Asian regimes as a threat to their survival; corruption severely undermines economic development and siphons off much of the development aid; and the human rights situation has been backsliding. The EU should not and cannot compete with Russia and China in the region. The EU would do best to focus on a few key areas where it can achieve concrete results. Besides broader economic and some security cooperation, the EU should focus on education in supporting the region’s development while further emphasizing human rights and strengthening political and financial support to civil society.
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In-Depth Analysis - The EU in Central Asia: The Regional Context - PE 535.020 - Subcommittee on Human Rights - Committee on Foreign Affairs - Subcommittee on Security and Defence

Fri, 29/01/2016 - 00:00
Central Asia, located at the centre of the Eurasian continent and straddling the borders of some of the world’s most pressing hot spots, offers economic opportunities and natural resources but also remains insecure and troublesome. For the European Union, the region is not a priority. It is too distant and Brussels experiences difficulties in executing its democratic and value-based agenda on the ground. Regional dynamics have been significantly influenced by many players present in the region; Russia, China and the United States are the most significant. Russia’s position relies on a holistic approach, including military might and the more recent Eurasian narrative. China, pursuing its Silk Road ideas, has no equal in trade and energy. The US has partially retreated from Central Asia and is reviewing its security-centered strategy. Under these circumstances, what should the EU regional approach look like? What are the shared interests and divergent objectives of the actors present in Central Asia? With what actors could the EU cooperate and with whom should it abstain from regional rapprochement? Finally, what options does the EU have to strengthen its posture in the region from a regional and geopolitical perspective?
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Video of a committee meeting - Monday, 25 January 2016 - 17:34 - Subcommittee on Security and Defence - Subcommittee on Human Rights

Tue, 26/01/2016 - 08:51
Length of video : 72'
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Video of a committee meeting - Monday, 25 January 2016 - 15:10 - Subcommittee on Security and Defence

Tue, 26/01/2016 - 08:50
Length of video : 141'
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Hearings - Cooperation with third countries and organisations in the field of CSDP - 12-11-2015 - Subcommittee on Security and Defence

Fri, 18/12/2015 - 10:30
The public hearing presented an overview of the current CSDP partnerships with third countries and organisations, the possibilities of evolution and general tendencies.
Location : Altiero Spinelli 1G-2
Programme
Programme
Presentations
Presentation by Rory Keane, Head of the UN Liaison Office for Peace and Security, Brussels
Presentation by Prof. Dr. Joachim A. Koops, Dean of Vesalius College & Director, Global Governance Institute (GGI)
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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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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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