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Press Release by the Belgian EU Presidency
European Council Meeting in Laeken
14 and 15 December 2001

PRESIDENCY CONCLUSIONS 

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The European security and defence policy 

6. The European Council has adopted the declaration on the operational capability of the European security and defence policy set out in Annex II, as well as the Presidency report. Through the continuing development of the ESDP, the strengthening of its capabilities, both civil and military, and the creation of appropriate structures within it and following the military and police Capability Improvement Conferences held in Brussels on 19 November 2001, the Union is now capable of conducting some crisis-management operations. The Union is determined to finalise swiftly arrangements with NATO. These will enhance the European Union's capabilities to carry out crisis-management operations over the whole range of Petersberg tasks. In the same way, the implementation of the Nice arrangements with the Union's partners will augment its means of conducting crisis management operations. Development of the means and capabilities at its disposal will enable the Union progressively to take on more demanding operations. 

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