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  • Greece disputes EU-Turkey defence agreement

    News | Security 07-12-2001

    Greece, an EU member, has warned that it may block the deal with Turkey on European rapid reaction force. Turkey had earlier announced that it was ready to drop its objections to NATO sharing its military equipment and planning capabilities with the EU rapid reaction force.

  • Turkey lifts veto on NATO assistance to EU military force

    News | Security 03-12-2001

    Turkey announced over the weekend that it is ready to drop its objections to NATO sharing its military equipment and planning capabilities with the EU rapid reaction force. Ankara said that negotiations between Turkey, NATO and the EU have produced a basis for cooperation.

  • NATO draws Russia closer

    News | Security 23-11-2001

    NATO and Russia have launched a new strategic partnership at a meeting between NATO Secretary General George Robertson and the Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow on 22 November. Lord Robertson presented the British proposal to offer Russia a say in some NATO decisions.

  • EU recognises the need to speed up its defence plans

    News | Security 20-11-2001

    The foreign and defence ministers of the 15 EU Member States recognised the need to speed up their common defence policy in the aftermath of the 11 September terrorist attacks. The EU foreign and security policy chief Javier Solana urged the Member States to put more resources into the planned rapid reaction force, to be set up by 2003.

  • Financing row holds up ESDP

    News | Security 02-11-2001

    The inability of EU Member States to agree on how to finance the development of the European Security and Defence Policy (ESDP) threatens to delay its launch. The Financial Times reports that the Belgian Presidency's desire to announce that it will be 'operational' at next months Laeken summit may not be possible for this reason.

  • New study doubts EU rapid reaction force

    News | Security 19-10-2001

    A new study by the London-based International Institute for Strategic Studies, dealing with the post-September-11 threat, expresses doubt that the EU will be capable of setting up its rapid reaction force by 2003. The study deals with the new strategic era after the terrorist attacks in the US, when international terrorism is a newly defined enemy, capable of effectively controlling states from which it can operate.

  • Delay for European defence force

    News | Security 15-10-2001

    EU defence ministers acknowledged at an informal meeting in Brussels on 12 October that the envisaged deadline of December for an operational rapid reaction force will not be met. The delay is due to the recognition that the EU Member States military capability gaps have yet to be plugged. In addition, the refusal of Turkey to allow the EU force unconditional access to NATO assets has still to be resolved.

  • Terrorism highlights need for EU defence

    News | Security 12-10-2001

    EU defence ministers are discussing plans to speed up the implementation of their common security and defence policy in the aftermath of terrorist attacks in the US. The Friday meeting of EU defence ministers in Brussels has started with a discussion on the US and British military campaign against terrorist bases in Afghanistan.

  • MPs call for ad hoc body to monitor EU defence policy

    News | Science & Policymaking 04-07-2001

    MPs call for ad hoc parliamentary body to monitor development of Common European Security and Defence Policy in bid to increase democratic accountability

  • Turkey opposes EU-NATO agreement

    News | Security 11-06-2001

    Turkey opposes understanding on access of EU forces to NATO assets and planning; EU expects resolution from NATO Summit

  • Turkey drops veto on EU-NATO defence agreement

    News | Security 30-05-2001

    Turkey and NATO have reached an agreement which will give EU rapid reaction forces access to NATO's military assets

  • Member States try to break EU-Turkey deadlock over rapid reaction force

    News | Security 22-05-2001

    Netherlands and UK try to break EU-Turkey deadlock over rapid reaction force before NATO meeting in Budapest

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