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Debate on EU defence policies

On 21 November 2012 MEPs held their annual debate on EU security and defence policies, focusing on a series of reports by the Foreign Affairs Committee that says the EU needs to develop a more effective security policy to avoid "strategic decline".

The committee says that the EU's Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) must include a military dimension, to ensure a "joined up" approach to the security of the EU.

CSDP, which was formalised under the 2000 Nice Treaty, is made up of a number of Europe-wide organisations, such as the Crisis Management Directorate and the Civilian Planning and Conduct Capability.

There are a number of EU CSDP missions around the world, such as in sub-Saharan Africa and the former Yugoslavia.

The reports on defence policies were voted on during the daily voting session on 22 November 2012.

Useful links:

Democracy Live's guide to how the plenary sessions work.

A disclaimer on the use of simultaneous interpretations, on the European Parliament's website.

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