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A debate on the European security strategy, imperative according to the Egmont Institute

(BRUSSELS2) Jo Coelmont, retired general and official at the Egmont Institute, is back at it again by calling for an overhaul of the European security strategy. The crisis in Libya has shown this: “ a limited number of States have taken the “lead”. But the Union was invisible. (…) » « The strength of a strategy is (precisely) that it unifies. Without this, there are only blind people. (…) It is not enough to say how we act, we must also specify the why, and then how to do this, when and with what tools. » The interest of this document is to propose the method. He rejects the formula of the intergovernmental conference or the Convention cannot work because parts of this strategy are already incorporated in the Treaties. “ We can adopt the Solana formula » believes J. Coelmont. " But today it seems overwhelmed by the need to have a broader objective, including both internal and external security.. He sees this strategy written more by a “ triumvirate » : President of the European Council, President of the European Commission and High Representative, together with the European Parliament. The question is not just about approving a common document. The key is “ to have collective action and ownership ».

Comment: the idea is interesting. Personally I would go further in the method. By adapting the community method. A joint Commission-High Representative document, submitted to the European Parliament, and endorsed by the European Council. Because the whole problem of the regional strategies adopted so far (Horn of Africa, Sahel). On the one hand, they are not preceded by a general document. On the other hand, they have never really been discussed in the European sphere except by those who defined them.

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Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).