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Common Foreign and Security Policy, preserving peace and security

The Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP) of the European Union, established in 1993 with the Maastricht Treaty, aims to preserve peace and strengthen international security in accordance with the principles of the United Nations Charter.

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FPI plays three key roles:

  • Ensuring that CFSP operations use the allocated funds correctly, in accordance with the principles of sound financial management;
  • Providing guidance and advice on the correct use of funds to implementing bodies: EU Special Representatives (EUSRs) and Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) missions;
  • Managing grants in the field of Non-Proliferation and Disarmament (NPD).

The FPI participates actively in legal/financial and institutional negotiations and then sets up the necessary financial implementation structures.

The FPI prepares a budgetary impact statement for each EUSR and CSDP mission and NPD project, and presents it for endorsement of Member States in the Foreign Relations Counsellors Working Group (RELEX Counsellors) RELEX Counsellors group.

After approval of the budget, the FPI undertakes the contractual management of EUSRs, missions and NPD projects. It supports EUSRs and CSDP missions on financial, budgetary and administrative matters on a daily basis and it verifies procurement actions carried out by the missions.

The FPI also represents the Commission in the RELEX Counsellors group and in the Committee for the Civilian Aspects of Crisis Management (CIVCOM).

Facts & figures

CFSP budget 2012: EUR 362 million.
CFSP budget 2013: EUR 406 million.

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