Zovko: The new strategic compass focuses on peace and stability in fragile countries, such as BiH

Brussels, 22 March 2022,


The Foreign Affairs Committee in the European Parliament (AFET) held a hearing with High Representative Josep Borrell to discuss the Strategic Compass that was adopted in the Council a day earlier. In her intervention, Vice Chair of AFET Željana Zovko welcomed the document as it comes at a crucial moment for our European security.

Zovko stated that the Strategic Compass should serve as a guidance on how to make the best out of the existing instruments and budget lines attributed to defence matters and help the European Member States to coordinate more swiftly to the benefit of the security of their citizens. She also welcomed the agreement on the creation of the EU Rapid Deployment Capacity.

“I commend the inclusion of the key wording showing an equidistant approach in order to maintain the peace and stability in fragile countries, such as Bosnia and Herzegovina.” Zovko said, “This language comes at an important time as the crucial negotiations on the electoral reform have failed to come to a conclusion, despite all the efforts of the EEAS.”

She concluded her intervention by asking whether official reactions have been received from international partners such as the US, Canada and others.

The strategic compass is an ambitious plan adopted by the 27 Member States and approved by the Commission that outlines concrete actions to strengthen the EU’s security and defence policy by 2030. It aims to increase the EU’s resilience and coordination to tackle common security challenges in and outside the Union. This includes the creation of an EU Rapid Deployment Capacity that will allow to swiftly deploy up to 5000 troops for different types of crises.

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