Fifth Session of the European Council

In an exhausting overtime session, European leaders finally reached a minimal agreement on the future of European Defence Policy. During the session, the original proposal provided by Hungary, that had already received some criticism from the Commission, was further merged with another proposal from Germany. Upon reviewing and discussing the merged document, several clauses required extensive discussion. For instance, the clause calling for the establishment of a Centralized Cyber Community Protection–or CCCP–was criticized both for it’s similarity to the Russian expression for the USSR but also for its substance, namely creating an agency that is mostly already in existence (the ENISA). Through concessions and tiresome overtime debate, all member states finally moved in line and the European Council was finally able to pass its first conclusions for this semester.

The passed conclusions can be read here.