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EU Security: permanent structural cooperation instead of ad-hoc-measures


22 Jan 2016



"The threat in Europe is growing bigger and bigger every day. The attacks in Paris have shown in a horrible way that the borders between internal and external security and defence are becoming blurred. Within the EU, it must be our priority to use the contractual possibilities for cooperation both in internal and external security and defence", outlined Michael Gahler MEP, EPP Group Spokesman for Security and Defence, commenting on the adoption of the European Parliament Resolution on the Mutual Defence Clause invoked by France for the first time following the terror attacks in Paris.

"With the activation of the Mutual Defence Clause for the first time, France has stressed once again the need for a results-oriented discussion on European foreign, security and defence policy. Member States must finally enter into a structured exchange and enhanced operational cooperation between the border control agencies, the police and the secret services", stressed Gahler.

The EPP Group and other political parties support the concept of common European defence: "The European Commission and the Member States have to activate the unused defence potential of the Lisbon Treaty now so that we do not depend on ad-hoc-measures - management and cooperation - in the future to continue the task. Let's work together to ensure that the good idea of the European Defence Union finally becomes reality", concluded Gahler.