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External action of the Union

 

The unanimity principle is to a large extent retained for the Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP). Provision for decisions by qualified majority is made only for certain implementing measures and appointments of special representatives, and in cases in which the Foreign Minister presents a proposal at the specific request of the European Council. The Foreign Minister has a right to propose measures, but does not have sole right of initiative. Legal acts of the CFSP are not subject to review by the European Court of Justice. The European Parliament has consultation and information rights.

A solidarity clause has been introduced in the framework of the Common Security and Defence Policy, which provides for the Member States to assist each other with means of their choice in the event of an armed attack on a Member State. This clause does not, however affect the specific character of the security and defence policy of certain Member States with neutrality obligations nor the solidarity obligations of the NATO countries. Neutral countries and countries that are not members of alliances are therefore free to decide in individual cases whether to act under the solidarity arrangements.

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Date: 01.01.2006