Vital interests are those that determine the very survival of the EU’s social model, which is based on the core values of security, prosperity, democracy and equality. These are:
Defence against any threat to the territory of the Union.
Open lines of communication and trade (in physical as well as in cyber space).
A secure supply of energy and other vital natural resources.
A sustainable environment.
Manageable migration flows.
The maintenance of international law (including the UN Charter and the treaties and regulations of the key international organizations) and of universally agreed rights.
Preserving the autonomy of the decision-making of...