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EU Common Foreign and Security Policy priorities in 2017

On 14 September 2017, the Committee considered the CFSP Report - Our priorities in 2017. The report summarised the EU's main Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP) and Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) activities for 2017.

The Committee decided to retain the document under scrutiny and write to the Rt Hon Sir Alan Duncan MP, Minister for Europe and the Americas. In its letter, the Committee asked a number of questions, including:

  • Whether the UK will continue to encourage countries in the Western Balkans, Turkey and the Eastern Partnership to pursue closer association with, and/or membership of, the EU;
  • What its assessment is of the influence the UK will have with these countries after it ceases to be an EU Member State;
  • How the UK and the EU are balancing their desire for greater security co-operation with Turkey against commitments to uphold human rights and the rule of law; and
  • How the EU and Member States are developing "a more strategic approach for CSDP co-operation with third countries", and the implications for the UK after it leaves the EU.

On 16 November 2017, the EU External Affairs Sub-Committee agreed to release this item from scrutiny.

Letters from the Minister

Letter from the Rt Hon Sir Alan Duncan MP, Minister for Europe and the Americas, 29 September 2017: CFSP Report - Priorities in 2017 (PDF PDF 186 KB)

Letter from the Rt Hon Sir Alan Duncn MP, Minister for Europe and the Americas, 27 October 2017: CFSP Report - Priorities in 2017 (PDF PDF 349 KB)

Letters to the Minister

Letter from the Committee to the Rt Hon Sir Alan Duncan MP, Minister for Europe and the Americas, 15 September 2017: CFSP Report - Priorities in 2017 (PDF PDF 136 KB)

Letter from the Committee to the Rt Hon Sir Alan Duncan MP, Minister for Europe and the Americas, 13 October 2017: CFSP Report - Priorities in 2017 (PDF PDF 143 KB)

Related documents

Letter from the Rt Hon Sir Alan Duncan MP, Minister for Europe and the Americas, 25 July 2017: CFSP Report - Priorities in 2017 (PDF PDF 82 KB)

Explanatory Memorandum from the Government, 25 July 2017 (PDF PDF 730 KB)

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