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Western European Union

Also called the WEU. An international organization dedicated to mutual defense of member states. It was established in 1948 at the outset of the Cold War and was intended to counteract the Soviet bloc. The WEU's operations were gradually taken over by the European Union beginning the 1990s. The WEU treaty was abolished in 2010.
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The EU and WEU need to focus more attention and resources on the region.
Even the British, while vociferously asserting that they will not join it, have been forced to moderate their outright opposition and are seeking to wrap the Eurocorps in a "NATO-friendly" WEU embrace.
The Inter-Parliamentary Assembly of the WEU will next year celebrate its 50th session, as it was created by the Treaty of Brussels, amended in 1954, following the failure to ratify the European Defence Community (EDC) Treaty.
In the "Marseilles Declaration", Ministers welcomed the progress made by the EU in the field of European security and defence policy, and the Atlantic Alliance's support for this process, and reaffirmed their attachment to it, "which will serve the interests of all WEU nations, through the development of satisfactory arrangements".
Arrangements have been put in place to allow the bodies of the EU Council direct access to the WEU's operational structures and its work and analyses, and WEU has transmitted to the European Union a package of WEU politico-military concepts, as well as WEU papers on the Euro-Med Barcelona process and other Mediterranean issues, and on African peace-keeping operations.
IGC-Ministerial Conclave (to be confirmed)7 EcoFin Council Environment Council (to be confirmed)9 Education/Youth Council10 Development Council13 Euro-Med Ministerial Meeting (Marseilles)14 Euro-Med Summit (Marseilles) (to be confirmed)16 Research Council WEU Ministerial Meeting (Marseilles)17 Fisheries Council20-21 General Affairs Council Farm Council23 European Conference Ministerial Meeting (Sochaux) Culture/Audiovisual Council23-24 Budget Council27-28 EcoFin Council Employment/Social Affairs Council29-30
But a foretaste has already emerged in discussions in the EU's interim defence bodies on how to deal with the WEU satellite centre at the Spanish airbase of Torrejon, near Madrid.
Meanwhile, as far as the growing relationship between the WEU and the Common European Security and Defence Policy (CESDP) is concerned, "the pragmatic co-operative spirit of all staffs on both sides have allowed this symbiosis to become a very close one indeed", said Dr Solana.
A means to this end will be learning from the WEU and NATO, said Mr Solana: "To succeed further, we will need not only the continued involvement by our national experts but also by other resources and available expertise in WEU and NATO".
And it urges that defence equipment spending should follow the guidelines of the WEU audit and the NATO Defence Capabilities Initiative.
It is looking at how realistic the timetables and goals are, at integration of WEU into the EU, and how the new EU policy differs from the June 1996 NATO Summit decision that operations could take place under the WEU political and strategic umbrella.