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Common Security and Defense Policy

Published on July 19, 2011
Joint communiqué issued by Alain Juppé, Ministre d’Etat, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs, Guido Westerwelle, German Minister of Foreign Affairs and Radoslaw Sikorski, Polish Minister of Foreign Affairs

Paris, July 18, 2011

France, Germany and Poland are calling for the revitalization of Defence Europe, increasingly necessary in a period marked by ever more crises, limited national resources and growing expectations with regard to the European Union.

To this end, our three countries sent a joint letter to the European Union High Representative on 6 December 2010, which received very widespread support within the European Union.

In response to our “Weimar initiative”, the High Representative presented a report on 11 July, with satisfactory, realistic proposals to make headway on the Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) in the four areas identified:

- pooling and sharing defence capabilities;

- establishing a permanent civil-military planning and conduct capability;

- improving EU-NATO relations;

- operational engagement, of the European Union’s battle groups in particular.

Today’s Foreign Affairs Council meeting confirmed member states’ widespread support for the High Representative’s report. It was not intended for this Council to take decisions but to allow the High Representative to continue working on and thinking about the options put forward.

The High Representative’s report remains on the table. Our three countries would like her to continue working on that basis, with the member states./.

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