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European Security and Defence Policy


The European Security and Defence Policy (ESDP) is part of the Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP) of the European Union.

Its main purpose is to help achieve the goals of the CFSP through specific crisis-management operations. These operations are an important part of the EU’s extensive and multi-faceted foreign policy instruments.

The main activities of the ESDP therefore concern:

  • conduct of specific operations
  • systematic development and expansion of the capabilities necessary for civil and military ESDP operations, with particular emphasis on a more rapid response capability for the EU.

In the context of the ESDP, civil operations are equal in importance to military missions.

Military ESDP operations involve a wide range of actions such as evacuation measures, humanitarian operations, peacekeeping and peace-building.

The scope of civil ESDP operations covers mainly policing, the establishment or consolidation of structures to uphold the rule of law, reinforcement of civil administration and observer missions (in the field of human rights, for example).

The growing EU commitment in crisis regions also means greater responsibility on the part of the EU to protect human rights in the context of ESDP missions. The protection of women and children is a matter of special concern for Austria.

Further general information about the ESDP is available on the website of the Federal Ministry for Foreign Affairs.

 

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Date: 20.12.2005