Foreign Affairs Council (Defence): Remarks by the High Representative Josep Borrell at the press conference

17 Nov: Foreign Affairs Council (Defence): Remarks by the High Representative Josep Borrell at the press conference

(Source: EEAS)

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It has been a busy day, [both] yesterday and today. We had a [working] breakfast, lunch and dinner. Today, also, we had [a working] lunch with the Secretary General of NATO [Jens Stoltenberg].  It has been a marathon about [EU] Defence Policy and, in particular, the Strategic Compass.

Let me start with the Strategic Compass, which I presented yesterday evening to the Foreign Affairs and Defence Ministers altogether in what we call a Jumbo meeting. I want to stress once again here that this document is not just another policy document. It is a guide for action with concrete measures and timelines.

If you want to talk about defence, you have to talk about challenges or threats, because you defend [yourself] from something. The first thing you need is a sound assessment of your strategic …