High Representative Ashton: EU is Ready to Play its Part in Strong Security Partnerships

Speaking at the EU’s Common Security and Defense Policy symposium in Washington, D.C., High Representative Catherine Ashton highlighted that the European Union is ready to play its part in strong security partnerships that provide security in its own neighborhood and beyond.

“We are deeply engaged, and we will remain deeply engaged in a whole range of crisis management issues,” said High Representative Ashton. Noting that the EU needs to make better use of its resources, High Representative Ashton said that “to be more effective in addressing the security challenges we face, we not only need to spend our money and develop our capabilities better, we need to make sure that we use them as part of a joined-up strategic approach to crises and threats. And that means bringing all of the different aspects of EU action together in what I call the comprehensive approach – something which only the European Union as a whole can do, and something which I believe makes us an effective foreign and security partner for our allies such as the United States of America.”



Bringing together American and European policy-makers and experts, the symposium, “Transatlantic Partners in Global Security: The EU’s Common Security & Defense Policy,” is the second annual conference on the EU’s Common Security and Defense Policy. It is organized by the EU Delegation to the United States in partnership with the Brookings Institution, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.

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