What is the aim of the reflection paper on the future of European Defence?
Europeans expect a Union that defends and protects them (see Eurobarometer poll). In almost all EU countries it is in their top three priorities, while around three quarters of Europeans are in favour of a common security and defence policy. If we want to deliver on their expectations, security and defence must play a more prominent role in the future of the European project. This is why the Commission presented a reflection paper today setting out scenarios for the future in the area of European defence.