Common Foreign and Security Policy

Common Foreign and Security Policy
(CFSP)
   Created as a pillar of the Maastricht Treaty, the CFSP covers all areas of foreign and security policy in the European Union, including provision for majority voting on them. In practice, it is a policy that is still evolving, designed to provide a framework for intergovernmental cooperation and the coordination of national foreign policies under agreed guidelines and on specific issues such as arms control, nuclear non-proliferation and the transfer of military technology. The trend is towards a strengthening of the CFSP, the Amsterdam Treaty making reference to the European Council’s role in promoting ‘common strategies’.

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