‣ Action 12: Member States to agree to explore the potential of a single and inclusive PESCO

based on the willingness of Member States to strengthen CSDP by undertaking concrete

commitments. If so requested, the HRVP can provide elements and options for reflection.

Actively Taking Forward CSDP Partnerships

38. In light of the EUGS and evolving priorities, the CSDP Partnership policy needs to be further

enhanced and adjusted both as regards cooperation with partner organisations and with

partner countries, within the respective frameworks and respecting the principles of decisionmaking

autonomy and inclusiveness:

a) Strengthen the unique and long-standing cooperation with the United Nations by

implementing the jointly agreed priority areas for strengthening the UN-EU Strategic

Partnership on Peacekeeping and Crisis Management until 2018, in view of exploring

possibilities for a next step to enhance this partnership.

b) Take forward cooperation with NATO, strategically in areas of mutual interest and

operationally in areas where EU and NATO are both deployed, as well as on military

capability development; develop concrete options for implementation to be presented to

the respective Councils by December 2016 in follow-up to the Joint Declaration of 8

July in the seven identified areas of cooperation, in full respect to the principles of

inclusiveness and decision-making autonomy of each organisation and without

prejudice to the specific character of the security and defence policy of any of our


c) Further cooperation should be explored with other regional organisations in particular

the OSCE and the African Union. The EU and the OSCE should enhance their common

work on operational capabilities, promotion of stability, inviolability of borders, human

rights and fundamental freedoms, rule of law, media freedom, and fair democratic

elections. The next EU-Africa Summit offers a potential opportunity to reconsider the

Peace and Security Partnership between the two sister organisations in light of the

renewed approach to Capacity Building in the field of security.

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