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31. Foreign, Security and Defence Policy

Scope of the Chapter:

The common foreign and security policy (CFSP) and the European security and defence policy (ESDP) are based on legal acts, including legally binding international agreements, and on political documents. The acquis consists of political declarations, actions and agreements. Member States must be able to conduct political dialogue in the framework of CFSP, to align with EU statements, to take part in EU actions and to apply agreed sanctions and restrictive measures. Applicant countries are required to progressively align with EU statements, and to apply sanctions and restrictive measures when and where required.

The screening process of the Chapter has been completed in 2006. However, a follow-up screening process has been required as a result of the changes in EU's institutional structure and CFSP brought by the Lisbon Treaty entered into force on 1 December 2009. The follow-up screening meetings of Chapter 31 has been conducted on 16 January and 28 February 2013, respectively.

Currently the screening report has been submitted to the EU Council by the European Commission. The EU Council has not approved the report, yet.


Screening Meetings.

The Presentations (14 September 2006)

The List of EU Acquis

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