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The European Union has shifted its defence and security policy focus towards strengthening a sense of security among its citizens, estimates Prime Minister Juha Sipilä (Centre).
The European Union has shifted its defence and security policy focus towards strengthening a sense of security among its citizens, estimates Prime Minister Juha Sipilä (Centre).

Syria's ongoing conflict has exposed the weaknesses of the international community, says Prime Minister Juha Sipilä (Centre).

“The senseless bombings of civilians and children continue and no one is able to do a thing. One has to ask how something like this is even possible in 2016,” he stated in his speech at an event organised by the Finnish Club on Tuesday.

The European Union, he estimated, has soft but no hard measures at its disposal, as is evident in its reaction to the situation in Syria.

“The EU's tools to contribute to resolving the hard core of the war in Syria are limited. Russia's actions in Europe and its peripheries are also examples of hard force, but the EU has been unable to respond to them because it refuses to play – and should not play – by the harsh rules adopted by Russia,” he analysed.

The European Union is, as a result, relatively slow to react to such crises and should seek to utilise the measures at its disposal more effectively, according to Sipilä.

He pointed out that the common defence and security policy has previously revolved around crisis management but its focus is currently shifting towards strengthening a sense of security among Europeans. The European Council, he added, will convene in December to draw up a defence and security-related action plan and mull over means to better utilise the options afforded under treaties.

“On the table are several concrete proposals that deal with, for example, developing funding for crisis management operations, developing the defence sector, improving the military security of supply, responding to hybrid threats, engaging in permanent structural co-operation, and establishing a permanent common operational headquarters and defence fund,” revealed Sipilä.

Aleksi Teivainen – HT
Photo: Mikko Stig – Lehtikuva
Source: Uusi Suomi

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