Amsterdam Centre for European Law and Governance

High time for a European Defence Union?

In cooperation with SPUI 25

22Oct2015 17:00 - 18:30


In the face of threats to peace and stability at the borders of the EU, a report of a task force chaired by Javier Solana calls for the creation of a ‘European Defence Union’. In a public event at SPUI25, the report will be presented and discussed. Attendance is free, registration is required.

In the midst of the worst migration crisis the EU has ever faced, continued threats to peace and stability in its outer periphery and further uncoordinated cuts to defence spending in several member states, the future of the Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) is at stake. 

The European Council meeting in June, partly devoted to defence cooperation and a strategic review of the EU’s position in the world, has not nearly done enough to strengthen the CSDP, some argue. Recent revisions of the EU’s Treaties demand and permit a great deal more in terms of common security and defence activities from its Member States. Is a transformation of the CSDP into a real ‘European Defence Union’ needed? A task force of eminent experts chaired by former NATO Secretary General Javier Solana has proposed such a European Defence Union in a recent report. The rationale and elements of the report and the plan to create an EDU will be presented by its leading rapporteur Prof. Steven Blockmans (ACELG/CEPS).

This programme will discuss the report of the Centre for European Policy Studies with Prof. Steven Blockmans and Senior Visiting Fellow at the Clingendael Institute, Jan Marinus Wiersma, moderated by Associate Professor in International Relations Otto Holman.

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