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Building on the Hague Programme on "Strengthening Freedom, Security and Justice in the European Union", the European Council of 16-17 June 2005 stated that: Given the growing importance of the external dimension of the area of freedom, security and justice, [the Action Plan implementing the Hague Programme] will be supplemented at the end of the year by the strategy to be adopted by the Council on a proposal from the SG/HR and the Commission.
The projection of the values underpinning the area of freedom, security and justice is essential in order to safeguard the internal security of the EU. Menaces such as terrorism, organised crime and drug trafficking also originate outside the EU. It is thus crucial that the EU develop a strategy to engage with third countries worldwide.
This Communication will outline the main external challenges facing the area of freedom, security and justice identify the objectives of the EU's external actions in this field, identify the issues to be addressed worldwide, the instruments at the EU's disposal and the principles for selecting appropriate actions, outline how the strategy could be applied by geographic area and make some recommendations to facilitate implementation of the strategy.

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