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1st April 2020
Covid-19 External Relations & Trade Institutional law

Op-Ed: “The establishment of a new EU Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) mission: Operation Irini” by Graham Butler

Introduction

One Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) mission is put to rest, and another CSDP is born. That is, in essence, what the Council decided on 31 March 2020 through Council Decision (CFSP) 2020/472 – adopted through the written procedure given the ongoing COVID-19 situation. Informal gatherings of EU Foreign Affairs (members of the Foreign Affairs Council) and their representatives in the Political and Security Committee (PSC) have been meeting for months about what to do about Operation Sophia given the pending end of its mandate, with no agreement in sight on extending it further.

However, the impasse is now overcome, with Operation Irini (officially EUNAVFOR MED IRINI) soon to become an operational reality

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