The European Union Constitutional Treaty has been agreed in Brussels by the European Council. The Treaty will contribute to the development of European Security and Defence Policy (ESDP). The EU Constitutional Treaty has been agreed, but not yet ratified by member states. It is much wider than defence, but there are a number of articles in the Treaty of relevance to MOD. These include agreements on: 1. A 'structured co-operation' protocol. 2. The creation of a European Defence Agency. 3. The updating of the Petersberg Tasks. 4. The solidarity clause. The official party line from MoD is as follows: The beginning of end; Government spin or good news for us?