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"Mr President, the activation of the mutual defence clause by France has given us an opportunity, and also an obligation, to define its purpose and benefits. The mutual assistance clause gives us a singular opportunity to establish the grounds for a strong and sustainable European Defence Union, to be ready to face the security threats and challenges. So far, it has been interpreted as a bilateral obligation for states to help the one that needs it. However, we must make sure that the correct action plan is put in place so that everybody understands their obligations when a state decides to invoke this article. A state in need must be able to get comprehensive help very fast from all Member States. Time is of the essence in these cases. We must also keep in mind that this is not a substitute for NATO Article 5, which has the task of coordinated response to a threat against one Member State. The new paradigm we are facing with increasing terrorist attacks forces us to deal with many aspects that have so far either been left unnoticed or simply ignored. The Schengen system is getting its share right now, with states closing their borders and threatening to demolish the free movement principle that the EU is built upon. Europe’s internal security must be strengthened and intelligence information shared to fight terrorists and avert terrorist plots. For the intelligence network to be fully functioning and operative we should consider creating a European Intelligence Agency, or at least enable Europol to have more competences to be able to implement a transversal intelligence network within the Member States. A proper legal framework to constrain and control arms and ammunitions on the EU market must also be established, as well as tightened export rules."@et1

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