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Jacques Delors

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Jacques Delors was President of the Economic Monetary Affairs Committee of the European Parliament ...
Pascal Lamy

Pascal Lamy

Pascal Lamy, aged 63, holds an MBA from HEC, and also studied at Sciences Po, and ENA. He began his ...
António Vitorino

António Vitorino

António Vitorino, born in 1957 in Lisbon, holds a degree in law from the University of Lisbon and ...
Eneko Landaburu

Eneko Landaburu

Eneko Landaburu joined the European Commission in 1986, where he was Director General for Regional ...
Etienne Davignon

Etienne Davignon

Chairman of the CMB Group, Genfina, Recticel, Palais des Beaux-Arts, Fondation P.-H. Spaak, Egmont ...
Nicole Gnesotto

Nicole Gnesotto

A former deputy chief of the French Foreign Affairs Ministry's think tank,the Centre d'Analyse et de ...
Elisabeth Guigou

Elisabeth Guigou

Elisabeth Guigou began her career as adviser to President François Mitterrand. She was Minister of ...
Philippe De Schoutheete

Philippe De Schoutheete

Baron Philippe de Schoutheete, a former Belgian diplomat, was ambassador in Madrid, political ...
Elvire Fabry

Elvire Fabry

Elvire Fabry is Senior Research Fellow at the Jacques Delors Institute since 2009, in charge of the ...
Nicole Koenig

Nicole Koenig

Nicole Koenig is research fellow at the Jacques Delors Institut - Berlin on political and ...
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Thomas Pellerin-Carlin

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EU security: a matter of political urgency

on March 3, 2016, 12:50
Tribune - Jacques Delors, Pascal Lamy, António Vitorino, Eneko Landaburu, Etienne Davignon, Nicole Gnesotto, Elisabeth Guigou, Philippe De Schoutheete, Elvire Fabry, Nicole Koenig and Thomas Pellerin-Carlin

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Ensuring the security of the European Union is no longer a technical issue requiring bureaucratic adjustments. Together with a return to growth, security is the major political challenge facing Europeans. Instability in neighbouring countries now has profound effects on the entire Union. No Member State can assume it is safe from terrorist attacks or exempt from providing a responsible operational response to the inflow of refugees, and no less that it is not exposed to the short- and mid-term fallout of economic collapse in several EU neighbour countries. Unilateral measures taken by Member States are insufficient given the scope of the challenges at hand.
 
The High Representative, Federica Mogherini will be presenting an "EU Global Strategy for Foreign and Security Policy" by June 2016. But the ambitions driving the strategic rethink risks to be weakened by political compromises, even more so in the lead-up to the Brexit referendum result on 23 June and the presentation of NATO’s new Strategic Concept in July 2016.
 
In this Tribune entitled "EU Security: a matter of political urgency", Jacques Delors, Pascal Lamy, António Vitorino, Eneko Landaburu, Elisabeth Guigou, Etienne Davignon, Nicole Gnesotto, Philippe de Schoutheete, Elvire Fabry, Nicole Koenig and Thomas Pellerin-Carlin, call European capitals to demonstrate the necessary political will to respond to the threats faced. Europeans must form a united political front based on a ranking of priorities in the short and medium term and launch concrete political initiatives which, coordinated within a global approach, must aim to:

1. Provide greater assistance in the fight against Daesh;
2. Develop a mid-term Syria strategy;
3. Stand firm and united both “with and up to” Russia;
4. Provide an immediate response to the migrant crisis;
5. Deepen and expand cooperation in the area of security.

This Tribune is also available in French and German.
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