Video conference of defence ministers, 20 November 2020

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EU Ministers responsible for matters relating to defence held a videoconference on 20 November 2020. The agenda included the following items:

  • Exchange of views on the Strategic Compass;
  • Following up on the adoption of a set of conclusions, exchange of views on the strategic review of PESCO;
  • Briefing on the situation in Libya and in Mali;
  • Briefing on the latest developments in the negotiation of the European Peace Facility and the status of the Military Planning and Conduct Capability (MPCC).

Ahead of the video conference, the Steering Board of the European Defence Agency (EDA) held a meeting in a virtual format. Ministers were presented with the final report of the first cycle of the Coordinated Annual Review on Defence (CARD), adopted the agency’s 2021 general budget at €37.5 million, and approved EDA’s Three-Year Planning Framework (2021-2023). The Council Guidelines for EDA's Work in 2021 had already been approved in advance.

Source Link https://www.consilium.europa.eu/en/meetings/fac/2020/11/20/
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Reuters, 19/11/2020: 'Strategic Compass': EU considers military doctrine, new tank development https://uk.reuters.com/article/idUSKBN27Z1JQ
BBC News, 21/11/2020: Dutch journalist gatecrashes EU defence video conference https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-55027641
EurActiv, 21/11/2020: Dutch left red-faced after EU video conference ‘hack’ https://www.euractiv.com/section/defence-and-security/news/dutch-left-red-faced-after-eu-video-conference-hack/

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General Secretariat of the Council: Background Brief for Video conference of defence ministers, 20 November 2020 https://www.consilium.europa.eu/media/46839/20201120-background-note-fac-def-nov-final_en.pdf
EU EEAS: Video conference of Defence Ministers: Remarks by the High Representative Josep Borrell at the press conference (20 November 2020) https://eeas.europa.eu/headquarters/headquarters-homepage/89091/
German Council Presidency: Press Release, 20/11/2020: Videoconference of EU defence ministers: Threat analysis and Strategic Compass among milestones reached https://www.eu2020.de/eu2020-en/news/pressemitteilungen/defence-ministers-strategic-compass-pesco/2418890
EU EDA: News, 20/11/2020: Outcome of EDA Ministerial Steering Board https://www.eda.europa.eu/info-hub/press-centre/latest-news/2020/11/20/outcome-of-eda-ministerial-steering-board

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