1. The Defence Committee of the European Security and Defence Assembly/Assembly of WEU has been monitoring the evolution of the concept of a Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) for a number of years. It has analysed developments in its reports and made recommendations for the implementation of a clear and effective European defence policy. Since the signing of the Treaty of Nice in December 2000, the Committee has taken a particular interest in the civil and military operations conducted under that policy.
2. In this report, after taking stock of the current situation, your Rapporteurs will endeavour to define realistic ambitions for the CSDP in the years to come and then to submit recommendations for giving the Union the structures and capabilities needed for an autonomous and responsive CSDP.
Comment by Adamantine:
This is one of the last recommendations made by the WEU before it is dissolved in 8 days. They are promoting a coherent , effective military for Europe. They acknowledge the central role of the Political Security Committee and also show that this is now controlled by a representative of the High Representative. In the past this power was under the EU Council in conjunction with the WEU Council as represented by the ten members of the PSC that were also part of the voting full membership of the WEU. We remind ourselves that the powers of the WEU ten were transferred to the EU PSC by Recommendation 666.
The final effect is that the powers of the EU military has been placed under the HRCFSP .
In the past the same arrangement was arrived at by double hatting the HRCFSP as the Secretary General of the WEU.
This is no longer needed and it may be that in this way the powers of the ten have now been fully transferred to the EU. In this sense the ten have possible completed a portion of prophecy. If JS should return to power he would return to the powers he had when double hatted as HRCFSP and Secretary General of the WEU.