Political and Security Committee (PSC)

Council of the EU

The role and composition of the Political and Security Committee (PSC) is explained in article 38 of the Treaty on European Union.

Role

The Political and Security Committee is responsible for the EU's Common Foreign and Security Policy (CSFP) and the Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP). It:

  • monitors the international situation
  • recommends strategic approaches and policy options to the Council
  • provides guidance to the Military Committee, the Politico-Military Group and the Committee for Civilian Aspects of Crisis Management
  • ensures political control and strategic direction of crisis management operations.

Composition

The PSC is composed of member states' ambassadors based in Brussels and is chaired by the representatives from the European External Action Service. It meets twice a week, and more often if necessary.