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A secure EU in a secure world


As part of the EU’s global strategy for foreign and security policy its common policy is being developed to contribute to security both in and outside the EU. The European security order is still being challenged by Russia’s aggression against Ukraine. Important progress has been made to lay the foundation for inclusive and ambitiously structured defence cooperation (PESCO), and work is continuing to highlight this broad view of security.

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An active neighbourhood policy is the best guarantee for democracy, welfare and stability in our neighbouring region. Photo: Astrakan/Folio

An active neighbourhood policy is the best guarantee for democracy, welfare and stability in our neighbouring region. Within the framework of the EU's new development policy the overall objective of EU development cooperation is still poverty reduction, but the policy also points the way to how EU development cooperation will contribute to the sustainability goals of the 2030 Agenda.

The Government will work to ensure that:

  • Both the civilian and the military priorities of the EU's global strategy are implemented, including the permanent structured cooperation, PESCO, and the further development of civilian crisis management;
  • The EU's dialogue with Russia is clear and principled, and that support for Ukraine and the other countries in the Eastern Partnership is strong; The EU's sanctions against Russia are upheld for as long as the reasons for their introduction remain;
  • The EU contributes to conflict prevention, crisis management and conflict resolution in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, in close cooperation with the UN and regional actors;
  • The EU integration processes for the Western Balkans are maintained based on the qualification of each country.

The EU's internal security

Responding to the threats from terrorism, IT crime and other cross-border criminal activity requires preventive action based on close and effective cooperation. We see how, in addition to its many advantages and possibilities, an ever more digitised world also leads to vulnerabilities and security challenges. The threats to the EU's internal security are often linked to conditions beyond the borders of the EU and the most effective measures for the EU's internal security may therefore be operations outside the EU, for example the EU's civilian and military crisis management operations.

The Government will work to ensure that:

  • The control of the EU's external borders is strengthened, thereby improving the possibilities of detecting and preventing crime and the import of illegal goods. This is essential for a secure and well-functioning Schengen area.
  • Law enforcement agencies' access to information and possibilities of exchanging information match up to what is essential for effective and legally certain cooperation to combat threats including those from terrorism;
  • EU cooperation in the area of cybersecurity is promoted, particularly within the framework of the Information Security Directive and the Framework for a Joint EU Diplomatic Response to Malicious Cyber Activities.