Geopolitical, security and economic developments beyond the EU’s borders highlight the need for a stronger common foreign policy. . The EU has a wide range of 'soft power' tools – including trade policy and development aid.
National governments who so wish, can also pool their defence capabilities. This would enable them to participate in joint EU missions around the world – while reducing costs and avoiding duplication of programmes.
The European Commission is also committed to deliver relief aid to the most vulnerable people caught up in natural or man-made disasters through humanitarian aid and civil protection.