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European Security And Defence Policy

Volume 622: debated on Monday 19 February 2001

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asked Her Majesty's Government:Further to the Written Answer by Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean on 26 January (

WA 25), whether the French Presidency Report to the Nice Council on the European Strategic and Defence Policy is the same thing as the new European Strategic and Defence Policy; and, if not, what are the differences between the two. [HL719]

There is no single document which sets out the EU's Common European Security and Defence Policy (ESDP). ESDP has been developed in a succession of European Council decisions on the basis of the relevant EU Presidency Reports, the latest Report being that to the Nice European Council.