Petersberg Declaration/Tasks

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Signed on 19 June 1992, near Bonn in Germany, the Petersberg Declaration aimed to strengthen European defence capability; setting out a new role for the Western European Union. This role was outlined in terms of a number of tasks: humanitarian and rescue missions, peacekeeping operations, and the deployment of combat forces in crisis management. The Treaty of Amsterdam (1997) incorporated the Petersberg Tasks as part of the European Union Treaty. See also Common Foreign and Security Policy; Rapid Reaction Force.

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