This article has previously been published in Contemporary Military Challenges #3 (page 43) , a publication by the Slovenian Armed Forces.
This article presents the gap between what has already been agreed and planned in the field of the European Union’s Common Security and Defence Policy in the past, and what we have actually achieved. We focus on the EU’s strategic autonomy and the credibility of European military forces. The process of creating the Strategic Compass is an opportunity to rethink Europe’s security future, to unify the positions of the Member States, and to increase realism in bridging the gap between rhetoric and action. For greater strategic autonomy and the credibility of the military, we propose improvements in eight actions.