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A European Security Concept for the 21st Century. Egmont Paper, No. 1, April 2004

Coolsaet, Rik, and Biscop, Sven. (2004) A European Security Concept for the 21st Century. Egmont Paper, No. 1, April 2004. [Policy Paper]

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    In December 2002, the Security & Global Governance Department of the Royal Institute for International Relations (IRRI-KIIB), at the request of the Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, initiated a strategic reflection on Europe’s security policy. The European Union’s common foreign and security policy, so it was felt, was lacking strategic clarity and a clear definition of its interests, its long-term foreign policy objectives and its priorities. An informal IRRI-KIIB working group was set up, comprising members from the diplomatic, military, intelligence and academic world, in order to forge a European security concept. Early May 2003, the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the European Union tasked the High Representative, Mr. Javier SOLANA, with the elaboration of a draft strategic document. Mr. SOLANA presented his initial document, ‘A Secure Europe in a Better World’, to the June European Council, which approved it as the basis for the elaboration of a comprehensive ‘European Security Strategy’, which was then adopted by the December 2003 European Council.

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    Item Type: Policy Paper
    Subjects for non-EU documents: EU policies and themes > External relations > common foreign & security policy 1993--European Global Strategy
    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. 28
    Last Modified: 15 Feb 2011 17:58

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