Political Committee (PoCo)

Comité politique (CoPo)

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to process U-XF3678 - European Political Cooperation (EPC), within the framework of F-XF2147 - European Union (EU). Conditions are set out in the T-XT9113 - Treaty on European Union (Maastricht Treaty). EPC, also known informally as 'PoCo' or 'CoPo', was first mooted at Dec 1969, The Hague (Netherlands), at a summit meeting of European Community Heads of State and Government. Since Dec 1974, the Heads of State and Government of Community countries, accompanied by their foreign ministers, have met together with the President of E-XE2442 - European Commission (EC) as E-XE7976 - European Council. The T-XT8633 - Single European Act (SEA), which came into force 1 Jul 1987, put European Political Cooperation onto a treaty basis. Under the Maastricht Treaty, EPC was extended as Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP / PESC), which is regarded as the second pillar of the European Union. In accordance with T-XT0128 - Nice Treaty, ceased to exist when this Treaty entered into force, 1 Feb 2003. Replaced by Political and Security Committee (PSC / COPS).


Formulate ideologies and establish political principles for conducting dialogue with non- European Union countries.


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Committee of 45 senior EU Foreign Ministry officials (meeting monthly) comprises 3 representatives per EU country - political director, European correspondent and Common Foreign and Security Policy adviser. It takes decisions by consensus. President - the member whose country currently holds the Presidency of E-XE3068 - Council of the European Union - sets agenda in consultation with Council's Secretariat responsible for CFSP. Working Groups. A confidential telex network, Coreu / CORTESY, links the Foreign Ministries, the Commission and the Council Secretariat.


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GOAL 11: Sustainable Cities and CommunitiesGOAL 16: Peace and Justice Strong Institutions



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