25 July 2000
By the Select Committee appointed to consider European
Union documents and other matters relating to the European Union.
THE COMMON EUROPEAN POLICY ON SECURITY
This Report is the first report from the Sub-Committee
of the European Union Select Committee which was established at
the end of 1999 to consider the Common Foreign and Security Policy
(CFSP) of the European Union. The report concerns itself with
a number of developments in European security and defence that
have gained increased momentum since the Anglo-French St Malo
summit of 4-5 December 1998 but whose origins predate that time.
The Sub-Committee, whose members are listed in Appendix
1, met on 19 occasions, taking evidence on 10 of them. We are
most grateful to our specialist adviser, Dr Anthony Forster, Director
of Research at the Joint Services Command and Staff College at
Shrivenham, for his invaluable advice and technical assistance.
We are also grateful to our witnesses, who are listed
in Appendix 2, and whose evidence is printed in Volume II of this
report. We are grateful in particular to General Klaus Naumann,
who came from Germany especially to give evidence.
The Sub-Committee made two visits: first, to the
Permanent Joint Forces Headquarters in Northwood; and later to
Brussels, where we had private meetings with Sir John Goulden,
UK Ambassador to NATO; Lord Robertson of Port Ellen, Secretary-General
of NATO; Mr Javier Solana, High Representative for the CFSP; and
Mr Christopher Patten, Commissioner for External Relations. We
are very grateful to everyone who assisted us with these meetings.
Where witnesses are quoted in the report, "Q"
refers to the question number for oral evidence and "p"
to the page number for written evidence.