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European Security and Defence Assembly News

Members of the UK Delegation participated in the 60th and final Plenary Session of the European Security and Defence Assembly in Paris, 9-10 May 2011. The Session included debates on the following reports presented on behalf of Assembly committees, as replies to the annual report of the Council:

European foreign, security and defence policy: past achievements and new challenges - report tabled on behalf of the Political Committee

The Common Security and Defence Policy: the next steps – report tabled on behalf of the Defence Committee

The future of European defence capabilities – report tabled on behalf of the Technological and Aerospace Committee

During the Session, the Assembly was addressed by Mr Pierre Vimont, Executive Secretary-General, European External Action Service, Council of the EU; by Mrs Claude-France Arnould, Chief Executive, European Defence Agency; and Mr Tomaz Lovrencic, Director, the EU Satellite Centre. Addresses were also given by the President and Vice President of the Assembly, and by Mr Charles Goerens, Mr Hartmut Soell, Mr Klaus Bühler, Mr Armand de Decker and Mr Stef Goris, previous Presidents of the Assembly.

Mr Nigel Evans MP, Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons and a member of the UK Delegation from 2006-2010 addressed the Assembly, as did Mr Laurent Mosar, Speaker of the Luxembourg Chamber of Deputies and Mrs Lyubov Sliska, Deputy Speaker of the Duma, Russian Federation.

The Session also included the first presentation of the European award for Citizenship, security and defence, made to Mr Hartmut Bühl, Editor-in-Chief of The European Security and Defence Union magazine.

Members of the Assembly also took part in a ceremony at the Arc de Triomphe, to recognise the sacrifice of all those Europeans who have given their lives defending European values during the span of the Brussels Treaty (1948-2011). Mr Robert Walter, President of the Assembly, laid a wreath on the Tomb of the Unknown Solider.