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Petersberg tasks

These tasks were set out in the Petersberg Declaration adopted at the Ministerial Council of the Western European Union (WEU) in June 1992. On that occasion, the WEU member countries declared their readiness to make available to the WEU, but also to NATO and the EU, military units from the whole spectrum of their conventional armed forces.

From then on, they have covered:

  • humanitarian and rescue tasks;
  • conflict prevention and peace-keeping tasks;
  • tasks of combat forces in crisis management, including peacemaking;
  • joint disarmament operations;
  • military advice and assistance tasks;
  • post-conflict stabilisation tasks.