Tisková zpráva

Europeans expect us to step up foreign policy and defence cooperation

Štrasburk
, 12. 12. 2017. - 16:29
Engineer sitting at control panel of nuclear power station

“Permanent Structured Cooperation should be funded from the EU budget whereas Federica Mogherini needs to assume her responsibility as Vice-President of the European Commission and needs to oversee the establishment of a Directorate-General on Defence as the Commission’s contribution to it. Only this will guarantee that the common European interest is considered”, said Michael Gahler MEP, EPP Group Spokesman on Security and Defence Policy ahead of the adoption of the annual report assessing the implementation of the Common Security and Defence Policy.

MEPs will vote on Wednesday on two Reports assessing the implementation of the EU’s foreign and defence policies, authored by David McAllister MEP, Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee, and Michael Gahler MEP, Spokesman on the Sub-Committee on Security and Defence, respectively.

“65 percent of Europeans are in favour of a common foreign policy while even 75 percent are in favour of a common security and defence policy. The European Union has to deliver on the expectations of its citizens”, said David McAllister MEP. He stressed that to achieve this objective, the EU has to focus its actions on the ‘three Cs’: coordination of threat assessment, consolidation of the European project and cooperation within coalitions and institutions delivering security.

“The situation in our Eastern and Southern Neighbourhood, in the Middle East, in large parts of Africa, in North Korea and in Latin America as well as our relations with Russia and China is emerging as a huge challenge for our Union. We have to scrutinise the current political and security environment and take measures to guarantee the security of our people and of our territory. This will foremost be achieved by stabilising our direct neighbourhood through promoting reforms and tackling the root causes of armed conflicts”, he stated.

“In this context, the activation of the Permanent Structured Cooperation is a major step in the EU’s policy. This is a clear sign to the citizens that the EU is willing and able to act in the area of security and defence policies and the decision for which we have been calling for years. The activation of this chapter of the EU Treaty will exhaust the full potential of the Lisbon Treaty and create more European incentives for collaboration in research, planning and development of the capabilities. It is also the first building block of a European Defence Union which the EPP Group has been calling for”, stressed Michael Gahler. “Now it is important to align all cooperation activities with the goal of providing skills for the most demanding missions” he concluded.

The debate on the Reports starts today at 16.30. It can be followed live here.

Poznámka pro redaktory
Poslanecký klub ELS je s 217 poslanci z 27 členských států největším politickým uskupením Evropského parlamentu

KONTAKTUJTE POSLANCE

-
David McALLISTER
STR - Phone: +33 (0)3 88 175130 Fax: +33 (0)3 88 179130
E-mail: david.mcallister@europarl.europa.eu
-
Michael GAHLER
STR - Phone: +33 (0)3 88 175977 Fax: +33 (0)3 88 179977
E-mail: michael.gahler@europarl.europa.eu

KONTAKT PRO NOVINÁŘE

Agata Byczewska
Press Officer on Foreign Affairs , Security and Defence and Polish Media, Communications Strategy, ACP, Windhoek Dialogue Delegations
Phone: +32 473 841 093
Meike Bogdan
Bývalý člen sekretariátu
Policy Adviser on Employment and Social Affairs (EMPL)

Nejnovější

Esther Herranz García MEP and Nuno Melo MEP
18. 10. 2018. - 17:50

EPP Group promotes the role of youth in European agriculture

The EPP Group organised its fifth Congress of Young Farmers today to boost the role of young people in this crucial sector for Europe and to promote...
EPP Group highlights the EU’s long-term need for young farmers
18. 10. 2018. - 17:00

EPP Group highlights the EU’s long-term need for young farmers

The EPP Group held its fifth European Congress of Young Farmers in the European Parliament in Brussels. The number of young people taking up...
traffic on german autobahn,european cars and trucks
18. 10. 2018. - 10:32

Capping CO2 emissions: away with dirty trucks

EPP Group wants to limit CO2 emissions from trucks Today, the Members of the Environment Committee in the European Parliament voted in favour of a...
The map of Balkans under the magnifying glass
18. 10. 2018. - 9:32

EPP Group supports EU ambitions of Western Balkans

The EPP Group confirmed its support for the EU ambitions of the Western Balkan countries Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, FYROM, Kosovo, Montenegro...

Klíčové události týdne

15. 10. 2018. - 19. 10. 2018.
Press freedom

Fight for the truth: free and independent journalism

In the past year, our continent has been shocked with the murders of a number of journalists, which is a clear threat to freedom of speech and...
Computer crime

Improving security through information sharing

With Monday’s vote, the Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee will close the gaps in data sharing essential for tracking...
traffic on german autobahn,european cars and trucks

First step towards capping CO2 emissions from trucks

The Environment Committee will vote on Thursday on what could be considered a first step towards capping CO2 emissions for new heavy vehicles such as...

Události

Oct
18
18. 10. 2018. - 9:00

XXI Annual EPP Group intercultural dialogue with churches and religious institutions

The XXI Annual EPP Group Intercultural Dialogue with Churches and Religious Institutions will be held in an...
Marian-Jean Marinescu MEP