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Common Security and Defence Policy

The Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) is a central element of the Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP) of the European Union. CSDP has been formerly known as the European Security and Defence Policy (ESDP), often dated back to the Cologne meeting of the European Council in 1999. While what was known as ESDP was mainly a policy that should address all questions relating to the security of the Union as a whole, CSDP as defined by the Treaty of Lisbon shall also provide the Union with an operational capacity, drawing on civilian and military assets. The progressive framing of a common defence policy, which might lead to a common defence, was already included in ESDP and is also included in CSDP.

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