Press release

17.03. 2022 - The European Union's defence policy: Questions raised by the Ukrainian crisis


The conflict in Ukraine underlines the importance for the European Union to have effective and concrete tools to reinforce its collective capacity to foresee, decide and act for its security. It also raises the question of military missions outside the EU's borders. The European Strategic Compass, which should be adopted at the European Council of 24-25 March, aims to set a course for the Union’s security and defence in the next decade.

This will be done in close coordination with the efforts made by NATO, which will be revising its Strategic Concept in the coming months. The Strategic Compass deals with various missions of direct interest to the security of the European Union: the fight against terrorism, the protection of borders, the monitoring of neighbouring conflicts and the fight against disinformation. It covers longer-term issues such as strengthening our industrial and technological sovereignty to reduce our strategic dependence and preserving and supporting the technological industrial base of our defence.

The European Union's Common Security and Defence Policy also aims to enable the Union to play a role as a power acting for peace and security outside its borders, since military action can also aim at peacekeeping and conflict prevention during external operations. As we witness the conflict in Ukraine, what can we expect from the European Union's defence policy?


  • Félix Buttin, a member of the Center for Analysis, Forecasting and Strategy of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, France
  • Pierre Haroche, Research Fellow in European Security at the Institute for Strategic Research (IRSEM), France
  • Lucia YarEditor-in-Chief at EURACTIV, Slovakia
  • General Pavel Macko, former Deputy Chief of General Staff of Slovak Armed Forces

Led by:

  • Alena Kudzko, Vice President of GLOBSEC & Director, GLOBSEC Policy Institute, Slovakia

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