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The European Union's Common Foreign and Security Policy: The Challenges of the Future

Spyros A. Pappas and Sophie Vanhoonacker (eds)
ISBN 13 978-90-6779-097-0 EIPA Code #: 1996/01 Year: 1996 Pages: 149

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The end of the Cold War has radically hallenged the premises upon which European security was based in the post-1945 period and it placed the question of the development of an independent European security policy back on the agenda.
In December 1991, the Heads of State and Government of the Twelve agreed to move gradually towards a fully-fledged Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP). So far, however, the EU's achievements in the field of CFSP have not met the high expectations raised in Maastricht.
The development of a European foreign policy and security identity is a very gradual and difficult process, so the issue of CFSP is again one of the major topics for debate at the 1996 Intergovernmental Conference (IGC). The need for a more transparent and efficient decision-making process, the development of enhanced European defence capabilities and preparations for enlargement to include the countries of Central Europe, these are issues which need to be addressed.
With the aim to stimulate and contribute to the discussion on the future challenges facing European security and CFSP, this book brings together the papers presented at a two-day colloquium organized by the European Institute of Public Administration, Maastricht in the autumn of 1995. It represents the views of high-level representatives of the major institutions involved with European security, such as the Council of the EU, the European Commission, the European Parliament, the WEU, and NATO, as well as those of academics and national policy-makers.