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Policy and Research Papers

Draft Council Conclusions on a Policy Framework for Security Sector Reform

These council conclusions reviews the policy framework put in place to implement a coordinated and comprehensive EU-wide policy framework, acknowledges the work done during the Finnish presidency with the Commission to develop this framework and exhorts future presidencies and the Commission to continue developing and operationalizing the framework.

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Council Conclusions on Security and Development

The 2003 European Security Strategy and the 2005 European Consensus on Development acknowledge that there cannot be sustainable development without peace and security, and that without development and poverty eradication there will be no sustainable peace. These Council Conclusions re-affirm the nexus between development and assert that security should
inform EU strategies and policies in order to contribute to the coherence of EU external action, whilst recognising that the responsibilities and roles of development and security actors are complementary but remain specific.

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Conclusions du Conseil sur la République centrafricaine

L’Union européenne (UE) continue à suivre attentivement la situation en République
centrafricaine (RCA) qui reste fragile malgré une relative amélioration de la situation
sécuritaire perçue ces dernières semaines à Bangui. L’UE appelle au respect de l’intégrité
territoriale du pays et rappelle son attachement à la cohabitation pacifique entre les
différentes communautés et religions.

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EU Concept for ESDP Support to Security Sector Reform (SSR)

The purpose of this paper is to provide a concept for ESDP support to Security Sector Reform in partner countries. The EU has a broad range of civilian and military instruments which are able to support SSR activities. A case-by-case analysis will always need to be undertaken to assess whether any proposed activities are most appropriately carried out through CFSP/ESDP or Community action or indeed a combination of both. This concept is deliberately broad in order not to constrain future CFSP/ESDP or Community activities but in any situation, the Council General Secretariat and the Commission will need to work in close co-operation both to ensure a clear, functional division of responsibilities and to ensure maximum coherence and effectiveness of overall EU effort.

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