The Council launched a mission to support the training and reorganisation of the Malian Armed Forces

The Council announced the creation of a Common Security and Defence Policy mission to support the training and reorganisation of the Malian Armed Forces. Brigadier General François Lecointre from France was appointed as the EU mission commander.

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The EU expressed grave concern about the situation in Gaza and Israel

The Foreign Affairs Council meeting took stock of developments in the Middle East Peace Process among other issues. It expressed its grave concern about the situation in Gaza and Israel and called for an urgent de-escalation and cessation of hostilities. The Council also welcomed the formation of the national Coalition for Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces and considered them legitimate representatives of the aspirations of the Syrian people.

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Members of the EESC call for a stronger and more integrated European defence sector

The Opinion Paper on the current state of the European defence industry adopted by the European Economic and Social Committee calls for a “radical” change of mindset in the way governments deal with defence. It also welcomes the creation of the Task Force on Defence.

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The EU Defence Ministers agreed to move forward on the air-to-air refuelling project

The informal meeting held in Brussels among the EU Defence Ministers confirmed the EU's commitment and its unique position as a security provider in a context of financial austerity and a changing strategic environment. Ministers also endorsed the European Defence Agency’s work so far, and took action signing a Political Declaration indicating that Pooling & Sharing efforts in Air-to-Air Refuelling should get underway.
 

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The European Defence Agency published its defence data for 2010

The Defence data for 2010 shows among other findings that total defence spending by EDA remained constant at €194 billion. The Defence Data exercise has been running for five years and it has been published by the European Defence Agency (EDA).

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EU extends sanctions on Libya to an oil firm and government department

Given the gravity of the situation in Libya, the Council of the European Union has decided to extend the sanctions imposed to the regime of Muammar Gaddafi by including two entities in the black-list. These entities whose assets have been frozen are either under the control of Muamar Gadafi or could be a source of funding for his regime. These measures further the sanctions already imposed at the beginning of the crisis back in March 2011.

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