1. The Council highlights the role of Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) as an important and successful instrument of the European Union. The Treaty on the European Union constitutes the opening of a new chapter in the EU’s security and defence policy, with the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, supported by the European External Action Service (EEAS), to ensure increased effectiveness in CSDP and CFSP in general.
2. The EU is a unique and influential actor, able to cover all stages from conflict prevention, rapid response and crisis management to longer term support for development, with a wide range of instruments. In this regard, the Council looks forward to the establishment of the EEAS which will give a key contribution to the increased policy coherence in the overall framework of the EU’s comprehensive approach in its foreign relations.
3. The CSDP missions and operations are framed within a coherent policy approach, operating on the ground as part of the EU family and building on necessary local ownership. In order to continue ensuring the added value and quality of CSDP missions and operations, the Council reiterates the need to continue improving effectiveness in providing personnel and equipment, to share best practices, and further develop common training and exercising activities.