High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini has presented the third progress report on the implementation of the European Union Global Strategy, “The EU Global Strategy in Practice - Three years on, looking forward”, which will be discussed by the EU Foreign and Defence Ministers at the Foreign Affairs Council on 17 June 2019 in Luxembourg. The report looks at the progress achieved over the past three years, since the presentation of the Global Strategy in June 2016, in five priority areas - the security of the Union, state and social resilience to our east and south, an integrated approach to conflicts and crises, cooperative regional orders and global governance for the 21st century - and provides possible orientations for the way forward in the coming years.
Federica Mogherini said: "Today the world is in no better shape than it was three years ago. But Europe is increasingly perceived as a global point of reference. This is also because we have explored the untapped potential of our Union – first of all, on security and defence. This report shows the road we have travelled in these years. It shows that we have fulfilled many of the promises of the Global Strategy, and that in some cases we have achieved even more than we were hoping for. The European Union of Security and Defence has taken its first steps. Member States are now investing in common industrial and research projects, to develop the full spectrum of defence capabilities that we need for our common security. Our international missions have better command structures and we have committed to investing more in our civilian action. We are cooperating more than ever with our partners – from the United Nations’ peacekeepers to NATO, from Africa’s peace operations to ASEAN. Our partners know that Europe’s strength is not just our soft power."