Priorities of the Austrian Presidency of the Council of the EU
On 1 July 2018, Austria takes over the Presidency of the Council of the European Union for the third time. The Presidency rotates every 6 months and will be held by Austria in the second half of 2018. Ahead of July, EUROMIL has outlined the priorities of the Austrian Presidency as they relate to security and defence.
The motto Austria has chosen for the EU Presidency is “A Europe that protects”. The Austrian Presidency will put emphasis on three areas where the EU has a particular protective role:
- Security and the fight against illegal migration (protection of the EU’s external borders, dealing with migration issues, including the causes of migration, prevention and combating of radicalisation, violent extremism and organised crime)
- Securing prosperity and competitiveness through digitalisation
- Stability in the European neighbourhood – EU perspective of the Western Balkans/South Eastern Europe
Austria will focus on the following elements related to security and defence: maintaining the political dynamics, financing of CSDP missions and operations and capacity building in partner countries, a strategic dialogue on the further development of CSDP missions and operations in accordance with European interests, promotion of effective multilateralism, as well as protection of civilians. Furthermore, Austria will strengthen the integrated and competitive European Defence Technological and Industrial Base (EDTIB) and contribute to the development of the new Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO) projects. With respect to cybersecurity, Austria will focus on advancing necessary skills and instruments in cybersecurity under the CSDP and PESCO.
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