In June 2016 the "EU Global Strategy for Foreign and Security Policy", presented by HR/VP Federica Mogherini, was adopted by the European Council. This strategy forms the basis for a targeted, efficient and sustainable EU foreign policy in the context of new geopolitical challenges.
Five priority areas of action are identified in the EU Global Strategy:
- Security and defense: reinforcing joint action in the areas of defense, cyber security, the fight against terrorism, energy security and strategic communications; strengthened cooperation with international partners, in particular NATO;
- Resilience: Strengthening the resilience of states and civil society in the southern and eastern neighbourhood, with particular reference to the accession prospects of the Western Balkans;
- Integrated crisis management: Peacebuilding and sustainable crisis management through the integration of all available EU policies (foreign policy, development policy, CSDP, etc.), active involvement at all levels of the conflict cycle and cooperation with partners;
- Regional order: taking into account regional dynamics in EU external action and support for regional cooperation initiatives;
- Global governance: commitment to the principles of international law; Promotion of human rights, sustainable development and effective multilateralism, hence continuous cooperation with international partners at both state and non-state level;
Austria has been actively involved from the outset in the shaping of the Global Strategy. For example, Austria's focus on the challenges of irregular migration flows, as well as on effective multilateralism and Western Balkans, is reflected in the text. Equally, in the future, Austria will actively seek to find concrete responses to the migration crisis, the strengthening of internal and external security, as well as counter-terrorism and de-radicalization measures at European level. Another Austrian concern is the improvement of the EU's strategic communication both with partners and with its own citizens. Only if successes are visible and communicated accordingly a positive EU narrative is created, and will strengthen EU unity from the inside.
In the second year of implementation, the focus will be on strengthening resilience and promoting multilateral initiatives. Since this is in line with the Austrian interests, especially in view of the presidency of the EU Council in the second half of 2018, Austria is following this initiative with great Attention.