EU summit wrap up: defence, growth and jobs

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Heads of state and government have met in Brussels on 19 and 20 December for a European Council summit. Security and defence as well as the economic and monetary union were the main topics on the agenda. Find our sum-up of all developments at the summit in the feed below.

More than 10 years have passed since France and the UK launched the European Security and Defence Policy through the St Malo Declaration.

The European Commission attempted to relaunch cooperation in 2007 with a communication which aimed at fostering a more competitive European defence industry.

The EU executive set up a task force on defence industries and markets, outlining that more than 1,350 SMEs are present on the European defence sector. It re-launched its attempt in July 2013, with a follow up Communication on defence and industrial policy

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