A Global Strategy for the European Union’s Foreign and Security Policy

Summary: The 2016 Global Strategy (EUGS) is the strategic framework guiding the EU’s foreign and security policy. It replaced the 2003 European Security Strategy. All key CFSP and CSDP documents since 2016, including the Civilian CSDP Compact, draw on the Global Strategy and the five priorities it outlines for the EU's external action.

These priorities are (1) the security of the EU; (2) state and societal resilience to the EU's East and South; (3) an integrated approach to conflicts and crises (4); stronger cooperative regional orders; (5) and a global governance for the 21st century. The Strategy is completed by the Implementation Plan on Security and Defence, as well as yearly reflections on its state of play.

Reference: European External Action Service (2016). Shared Vision, Common Action: A Stronger Europe - A Global Strategy for the European Union’s Foreign and Security Policy. 

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