The European Union has successfully completed its enlargement to Central Eastern Europe. By 2007, almost all former Warsaw Pact “allies” of the ex-Soviet Union will be fully integrated in the EU. The enforced EU is now determined to define and structure its common foreign and defence policy. The European security strategy is set to assist democracy and economic reform, prevent instabilities and help to resolve conflicts in its broader neighbourhood, especially in regions, which are seen as transit routes, raw material bases or potential markets for the EU. The paper will make some suggestions on mechanisms for the realisation of these plans...