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Audit of European Strategy. Egmont Paper, no. 3, January 2005

Heusgen, Christoph, and Gowan, Richard, and Haine, Jean-Yves, and Biscop, Sven, and Homan, Kees. (2005) Audit of European Strategy. Egmont Paper, no. 3, January 2005. [Policy Paper]

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    The European Security Strategy, which was adopted in December 2003 by the European Council, serves three functions. Firstly, it provides a frame of reference both for long-term strategies and for current political problems. Secondly, it is a basis for consultation with major partners on central strategic issues. Thirdly, it leads to concrete follow-up in five areas identified by the European Council: (1) proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, (2) the fight against terrorism, (3) effective multilateralism with the UN at its core, (4) a strategy towards the region of the Middle East, and (5) a comprehensive policy towards Bosnia-Herzegovina. Where do we stand on these five issues? On WMD the European Union has adopted a comprehensive strategy which is being implemented. On terrorism, as a consequence of the attacks in Madrid, the European Council on 25 and 26 March 2004 agreed on a wide-ranging Declaration reaffirming the EU's determination to systematically confront the terrorist threat. The appointment of an EU counter-terrorism coordinator will help to improve coordination and visibility of EU actions in this field. Progress has been achieved on a number of third pillar directives and regulations (Directive on compensating victims of crime, Regulation on the Schengen Information System, Decision establishing the Visa Information System, Europol and Eurojust agreement) as well as on the prospect of integrating in the Council Secretariat an intelligence capacity on all aspects of the terrorist threat. In March, the European Council also brought forward the solidarity clause thus anticipating the Constitutional Treaty.

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    Item Type: Policy Paper
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Weapons of mass destruction (WMD).
    Subjects for non-EU documents: EU policies and themes > External relations > common foreign & security policy 1993--European Global Strategy
    EU policies and themes > Treaty reform > Constitution for Europe
    EU policies and themes > External relations > conflict resolution/crisis management
    Other international institutions > UN
    EU policies and themes > External relations > EU-Middle East
    EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > Third Pillar/JHA/PJCC/AFSJ > terrorism
    Countries > Bosnia/Herzegovina
    Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Series and Periodicals: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
    Series: Series > Egmont : Royal Institute for International Affairs > Egmont Papers
    Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 17 Sep 2008
    Page Range: p. 42
    Last Modified: 15 Feb 2011 17:58

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