EU External Affairs Sub-Committee

Strategic review of the EU's foreign and security policy inquiry

Inquiry status Concluded

Report published on 16 February 2016.  Commission Response published on 31 March 2016. Government Response published on 15 April 2016. Report debated on 7 June 2016.

Report published


The EU External Affairs Sub-Committee published its report into the EU foreign and security strategy, and says the EU needs to concentrate its resources on its immediate neighbourhood, and urgently re-think its policy on Turkey.

The Committee has been investigating the effectiveness, strengths and weaknesses of the EU’s foreign and security policy, in anticipation of the new strategy to be published by the European Union’s High Representative on Foreign Affairs later this year.

The report concludes that the EU needs to concentrate on tackling insecurity and instability in its immediate neighbourhood, and not overstretch itself trying to fix too many problems at once. It  emphasises that the responsibility for foreign policy rests with the Member States. The aim of the new strategy must be to provide the framework within which they can operate collectively to tackle threats to the security and stability of the Union.

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