A workshop of Defence Ministers on the Strategic Compass will be held this Friday, 23 April, under the scope of the Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the European Union.
The informal working meeting will be chaired by Portuguese Minister of National Defence, João Gomes Cravinho, and participants will include several European Union Defence Ministers and Secretaries of State, the European Commissioner for the Internal Market, Thierry Breton, the European External Action Service and the Chief Executive of the European Defence Agency, Jiří Šedivý. It will be held in Palácio Nacional de Queluz (Portugal).
Following its approval by the Member States, presumably in 2022, the Strategic Compass will be the most relevant political steering element for the Common Security and Defence Policy in the coming years.
The aim of this workshop is to stimulate the strategic dialogue phase in the first half of 2021, when the Member States will make their contributions to the four pillars that structure the document: crisis management, resilience, capacity and partnerships.