Home Affairs Minister at Defence Council meeting in Lituania

During an informal Defence council meeting in Lithuania, Manuel Mallia, Minister for Home Affairs and National Security met with the High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Baroness Catherine Ashton  and the Minister of Defence of Lithuania, Juozas Olekas who hosted the meeting on behalf of the Lithuanian EU Presidency.

Minister Mallia also held close discussions with the Minister of Defence of Italy, Mario Mauro and the Secretary of State for Defence of the United Kingdom, the Rt Honorable Philip Hammond.

At the meeting, Ministers discussed the state of play concerning the Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) which is expected to be taken up by next December’s European Council meeting at the level of Heads of State and/or Government. They also reviewed the European Commission’s proposals regarding measures to support the research and technological base of the European Defence Industry, as agreed by the European Council in 2012.

Ministers also discussed international crises areas notably Syria and reviewed EU peace-keeping efforts in Mali, Somalia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Horn of Africa. The meeting emphasised the urgent political necessity to retain and develop the necessary capabilities for sustaining and enhancing the EU’s the Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP).

Minister Mallia sais Malta welcomed the High Representative’s priorities within her Interim Report on the Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) and, in particular, the emphasis on the need for the EU to be able to act decisively within its neighbourhood, including in the Southern Mediterranean sub-region in response to the recurring crises.

He also emphasised the importance of developing further the EU’s Comprehensive Approach, and communicating the EU’s Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) efforts convincingly to the public.

Minister Mallia recalled that thanks to the AFM, Malta has participated in the EU’s Training Mission to Somalia since its inception and is currently participating in EUNAVFOR Atalanta in order to contribute to stability and security in the region and to safeguard the UN’s World Food Programme shipments to Somalia.

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Comments (3)

Tony

- Sat 07-Sep-2013, 08:35

Bi ksur sfaccat tal-Kostituzzjoni ghax qed niehdu sehem f'politika li mhix ta' newtralita'.

GUZE spiteri

- Sat 07-Sep-2013, 07:06

Another CIA servant

Tony

- Fri 06-Sep-2013, 16:50

Dan kif qed niehdu sehem fil-CFSP kontra l-Kostituzzjoni? Daqshekk tirrispettawha l-Kostituzzjoni? Ma tisthux?

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