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EU plans to adopt new “strategic compass” for security

The leaders of the European Union member states agreed to develop and adopt a so-called common “strategic compass” in the field of security and defense.

This was stated by the President of the European Council, Charles Michel, reports by DW.

“We want to increase investment in defense, as well as increase civilian and military capabilities and operational readiness,” Michel said.

The purpose of the “strategic compass” is to determine what the EU should be able to do in a joint response in certain crisis situations, as well as what it should not resort to. The development of the document should be completed by March 2022.

The document also aims to achieve greater strategic autonomy, which will allow the EU to promote its interests and values at the global level while reducing the influence of the United States and activating countries such as China and Russia.

The strategy is based on a threat analysis completed at the end of 2020. This secret document, based on intelligence data, describes, among other things, what threats may arise from Russia and China.

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg also joined the discussion of certain issues during the EU video summit.

In recent years, the EU countries have been trying to coordinate their actions more closely in the field of security and defense, for example, in the issue of financing joint defense projects.

The European Union has agreed on the need to introduce vaccination certificates

The leaders of the EU countries agreed on the need to introduce vaccination certificates. This was stated by German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

According to Merkel, we are talking about electronic certificates that will be ready within three months. “We were all United in the fact that we need it,” she said. The documents themselves will be developed by European countries, and the technical issues and compatibility of certificates in all EU states will be worked out by the European Commission.

The Chancellor noted that the certificates can become the basis for travel within the European Union, as well as for entry into its territory from third countries.