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TREATY OF NICE
AMENDING THE TREATY ON EUROPEAN UNION, THE TREATIES
ESTABLISHING THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITIES AND CERTAIN RELATED ACTS
DECLARATIONS ADOPTED BY THE CONFERENCE
ON THE EUROPEAN SECURITY AND DEFENCE POLICY
In accordance with the texts approved
by the European Council in Nice concerning the European security and defence
policy (Presidency report and Annexes), the objective for the European
Union is for that policy to become operational quickly. A decision to that
end will be taken by the European Council as soon as possible in 2001 and
no later than at its meeting in Laeken/Brussels, on the basis of the existing
provisions of the Treaty on European Union. Consequently, the entry into
force of the Treaty of Nice does not constitute a precondition.