The EU Strategic Compass: Challenges and opportunities for Austria

The EU Strategic Compass: Challenges and opportunities for Austria

The EU Strategic Compass: Challenges and opportunities for Austria
State of play at the time of its presentation to the Member States (15 November 2021)

Policy Analysis 4 / December 2021
Loïc Simonet

Summary:
The first draft of the EU Strategic Compass for Security and Defence (SC) has been presented to the Member States on 15 November 2021. Based on the analysis of the major geopolitical shifts which are challenging Europe’s vision and interests, the SC will provide a shared assessment of the EU’s strategic environment; bring greater coherence and a common sense of purpose to actions in the area of security and defence that are already underway; set out new ways and means to improve the EU’s collective ability to defend its security; and specify clear targets and milestones to measure progress. The creation of an EU Rapid Deployment Capacity will be one of its most visible elements. A special status Member State with limited military capabilities, Austria has valuably contributed to the process, but must remain vigilant to ensure that its specific interests are taken into account.

Keywords:
European Union (EU) , Strategic Compass, Threat Analysis, European External Action Service (EEAS), Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP), EU Global Strategy (EUGS), European security and defence culture, Crisis Management, Resilience, Capability Development, Partnership, Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO), EU Rapid Deployment Capacity, EU Hybrid Toolbox, Defense Innovation Hub, Article 42.7 TEU (mutual assistance guarantee), NATO, United Kingdom

This policy analysis was produced as part of the cooperation between oiip and the Ministry of Defense.

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