Foreign Affairs Council (Defence), 6 May 2021 - Steps in the Right Direction

Eurodefense Netherlands welcomes developments in today's EU Foreign Affairs Council which state that; 

The Council discussion based on the proposal of the High Representative highlighted the need for more flexibility to better adapt the EU's civilian and military missions to the needs in each crisis, including through enhanced coordination and cooperation with other military operations conducted in ad hoc coalitions by member states or other partners.

Above all, we are happy to once again signal a serious discussion on EU capabilities to prepare and respond to a crisis:

Ministers also touched on the need for the EU to have having fully equipped and prepared staff to react quickly to crisis. In this context, the idea of an initial entry force that could be deployed as “first responder” in an urgent crisis was discussed.

Read more about the Council conclusions on

Photo by: European Parliament (flickr) 

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