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.
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
on 22 November 2012.
to how the plenary sessions work.
on the use of simultaneous interpretations, on the European Parliament's website.