Common Security and Defence Policy of the European Union: Missions and Operations Annual Report 2016

The European Union’s Missions and Operations lie at the heart of our foreign policy. I could not imagine our external action without Operation Sophia, fighting against human traffickers and saving lives in the Mediterranean; or without Operation Atalanta, which has successfully contained piracy off the Horn of Africa; or the EUCAP Sahel Missions, supporting local security forces in one of the most strategically important regions in our wider neighbourhood.