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European Security and Defence Identity

Volume 455: debated on Friday 26 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if she will make a statement on the Government’s objectives in respect of the European Security and Defence Identity. (111856)

The European Security and Defence Identity (ESDI) was created in 1996 and put in place arrangements for the EU, through the Western European Union (WEU), to access NATO assets for use in WEU-led operations. ESDI was superseded by the establishment of the European Security and Defence Policy (ESDP) in June 1999.

The UK is a strong supporter of ESDP. Through its ESDP missions, the EU is contributing to conflict prevention, conflict resolution and global security. UK objectives for ESDP are for it to be ‘active, capable and coherent’, in line with the recommendations of the European Security Strategy. We want ESDP to contribute to improved civilian and military European capabilities and complement NATO. We also want to see greater co-ordination between ESDP missions and other actors.