We are entering a crucial phase in European capabilities development. In 2003, we can identify the forthcoming confluence of:
work on the European Constitution,
continuation of the capabilities development process beyond the 2003 HELSINKI Headline Goal,
the EU’s inaugural experiences in live operations,
work on a European Security Strategy.
I fully support the call for the Union to develop a strategic culture that favours early, rapid and, where necessary, robust intervention. Concerning the development of a new capabilities objective this means that we should consider the following imperatives:
to identify our common strategic objectives, challenges and threats, building on...