Council conclusions on the global strategy on the EU's foreign and security policy

Council of the EU
  • 17/10/2016
  • 12:37
  • Press release
  • 589/16
  • Foreign affairs & international relations
17/10/2016

The Council discussed the follow-up to the EU global strategy on foreign and security policy "Shared vision, common action: a stronger Europe" and adopted conclusions. 

The work on implementation of the EU global strategy is expected to focus on five priority areas for 2016-2017: 

  • Resilience building and integrated approach to conflicts and crises;
  • Security and defence;
  • Strengthening the nexus between internal and external policies;
  • Updating existing or preparing new regional and thematic strategies;
  • Stepping up public diplomacy efforts.

In addition, human rights, as well as women, peace and security and gender equality and women's empowerment will continue to be mainstreamed in all external EU policies.