2024 CEEP : Defense Policy Chapter

Here is the Board’s Proposal for the 2024 CEEP’s Defense Policy Chapter.

It will be put to vote in a motion at the 13th Council Meeting. Feel free to discuss it here or even submit counterproposals or amendments to the discussion here. Please note that although this discussion and thread is open to all pirates, final motions and amendments need to be supported and submitted by a Council Member though their delegates.

Defense Policy & Cybersecurity

The European Union must be empowered to defend its security interests and in doing so, make a greater contribution to global security. To achieve this, the EU must articulate common guidelines and build up the necessary capabilities. Any need for military autonomy of Member States should not be misused against the common European spirit of cooperation. Pirates support an integration of currently separate national armed forces, with the long-term goal of creating a common European army under sufficient democratic control.

Our goal is the stabilisation of fragile states and the mitigation of conflict outbreaks, as this instability is a security issue for the entire international community. Due to the increasingly unstable global security landscape, Pirates support a capable domestic defence industry. This goes with a strive for better information sharing on arms export licence decisions and denials, to ensure a coherent EU arms export policy as well as an increased support for countries that share the core values of the The Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union.​​​​​​​Pirates follow an interdisciplinary approach, ensuring more than one perspective in countering hybrid threats and adjusting to disruptive geopolitical shifts. We aim to strengthen European resilience against current and future threats of hybrid warfare, disinformation, cyber attacks and economic coercion. Our current dependencies on fragile and often hostile authoritarian nations in the fields of energy supply, critical raw materials and general supply chains must be sustainably reduced. Pirates want clear and transparent criteria and selection procedures for evaluating suppliers and their adherence to international law and human rights.

Pirates reject the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and support the reduction of global arsenals of nuclear, biological and chemical weapons. Pirates support initiatives to ban the use of lethal autonomous weapon systems in kinetic and digital warfare, while preserving our European capacity to research and develop emerging technologies.