Mogherini Hopes EU States to Approve Defense Strategy at Foreign Affairs Council

© AFP 2022 / THIERRY CHARLIEREU's High representative for foreign affairs and security policy Federica Mogherini arrives for an European Union leaders summit on October 20, 2016 at the European Council, in Brussels.
EU's High representative for foreign affairs and security policy Federica Mogherini arrives for an European Union leaders summit on October 20, 2016 at the European Council, in Brussels. - Sputnik International
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EU Foreign Policy Chief wants EU member states to approve the implementation of the EU security plan at the Foreign Affairs Council meeting that kicked off on Monday.

European Union's Foreign Policy Chief Federica Mogherini - Sputnik International
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BRUSSELS (Sputnik) — EU Foreign Policy Chief Federica Mogherini expressed hopes on Monday that member states would approve  the implementation plan for security and defense under the EU global strategy at the Foreign Affairs Council meeting that kicked off earlier in the day.

“I will present the plans to implement the global strategy of the European Union on security and defense. I believe this is going to be a very important step … I see that among all member states there’s an expectation to go ahead on this,” Mogherini told journalists.

She noted that the discussion would not focus on the creation of the EU army but stressed that there was a need to strengthen the EU security profile in general.

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The Foreign Affairs Council meeting, chaired by Mogherini, is set to last through Tuesday.

The European Union is now revising its defense strategy and discussing prospects of establishing the bloc's common army. The plan, which goes back to 1950, was revived in March 2015 by European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, who said the bloc needed its own unified army to respond to threats posed to EU member states.

On September 11, French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian and his German counterpart Ursula von der Leyen filed a joint proposal to the European External Action Service, calling to set up the bloc's joint defense through the facilitation of EU collective defense operations, building a common satellite surveillance system and establishing EU joint military headquarters.

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