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Time for European Defence
Time for Defence: A plan for action proposed by the WEU Assembly and Recommendations to the WEU Council of Ministers. Paris, March 16, 1999. Source: WEU.
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For a Europe with more responsibility in a better balanced Alliance At the NATO Summit the European allies must make clear their resolve to take on greater responsibility for their security. The Alliance as a whole must support strengthening the ESDI both inside and outside NATO.
For a Europe able to act with autonomy on the international stage Europe must be able to take autonomous and effective action in the face of the crises and dangers that threaten peace. To that end, Europe needs to be able to take decisions and action and must also have its own defence instrument. This capability has to be built around the European Union. Article V of the modified Brussels Treaty on collective defence and the provisions of the Treaty on close cooperation with NATO must become an integral part of the Treaty on European Union.
This is why all the political and military achievements of WEU must be gradually integrated into the European Union on an intergovernmental basis. It is essential for our member states to demonstrate that we have the political will necessary to provide the European Union with the capabilities it needs to achieve these objectives and be fully complementary to NATO.
Do not divide Europe
It is vital that countries such as Iceland, Norway and Turkey, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland, Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, the Slovak Republic and Slovenia, and also Austria, Denmark, Finland, Ireland and Sweden are guaranteed all the rights of participation they currently enjoy in WEU.
Democratic scrutiny and public debate at European level are vital and must continue, this being the task of a parliamentary assembly composed of the representatives of the national parliaments of all the countries concerned including those countries which are not members of the European Union. Our Assembly perfectly fulfils this role.