THE COUNCIL OF THE EUROPEAN UNION,
Having regard to the Treaty on European
Union and in particular Article 28(1),
Having regard to the Treaty establishing
the European Community and in particular Article 207 thereof,
Recalling Article 25 of the Treaty
on European Union,
In the framework of the strengthening
of the common foreign and Security Policy (CFSP) and in particular of the
common European policy on security and defence provided for in Article
17 of the Treaty on European Union, the European Council meeting in Helsinki
on 10 and 11 December 1999 invited the Council to establish as of March
2000 the interim bodies and arrangements for the implementation of the
common European policy on security and defence,
HAS DECIDED AS FOLLOWS:
An Interim Military Body consisting
of representatives of Member States' chiefs of defence is set up to give
military advice as required to the Political Committee, including in its
formation as Interim Political and Security Committee, and to the Secretary
General/High Representative. It is assisted by the military experts seconded
from Member States to the Council Secretariat.
1. This Decision shall enter into
force on 1 March 2000.
2. It shall apply until the permanent
bodies of the common European policy on security and defence are established.
This Decision shall be published
in the Official Journal.
Done at Brussels, 14 February 2000.
For the Council