Defence ministers debated on the first ever threat analysis at EU level
They also exchanged views on the strategic review of PESCOEuropost , Brussels
Among the main topics at the video conference of defence ministers that took place on Friday was the development of the Strategic Compass to strengthen EU security and defence. They exchanged views about the first completed step in this process: the threat analysis.
The first ever analysis at EU level of the threats and challenges affecting Europe’s security is based on inputs from the 27 Member States’ civilian and military intelligence services. According to High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell, who chaired the informal sitting, this is a very important step forward towards the consolidation of a common strategic culture.
We know what we are facing and what is ahead of us and now we need to put into concrete objectives what needs to be done to respond to the growing threats and challenges that the EU will be facing in the coming decade, HR Borrell urged adding that “We really need to become a stronger security provider".
The final Strategic Compass is scheduled for adoption by the Council in the first half of 2022. This future document should pave the way to a coherent strategic approach and update the common understanding of threats and challenges.
Defence ministers also exchanged views on the strategic review of PESCO, on which the Council approved conclusions ahead of the video conference via written procedure.
The review highlights a list of 26 PESCO projects, which will deliver concrete results or reach full operational capability before the end of 2025. It also stresses the need to fulfil the more binding commitments and achieve concrete outputs and tangible deliverables by 2025.
In the review, ministers set concrete political goals and agreed to develop incentives for participating Member States to fulfil their commitments. Earlier in November, the Council had agreed on the conditions for the participation of third states in PESCO projects.
EU defence ministers were updated on the situation in Libya in light of the recent ceasefire agreement and the relaunch of the Libyan-led political process. Ministers agreed that close coordination with the UN was important at this defining moment.
On Mali, the High Representative informed ministers of the resumption of the activities of EU's CSDP military and civilian missions and operations on 13 October.