Ireland has officially re-iterated its opt out from any form of EU military engagement as European leaders moved towards the possibility of enhancing the union's ability to act.
"If European nations invest more in military capabilities, they could make stronger contributions to NATO," its secretary-general Anders Fogh Rasmussen said.
Security and defence and the economic and monetary union are the main topics on the agenda for the meeting of EU heads of state and government meeting.
The Government got references to the UN and the Lisbon Treaty inserted in the wording of the conclusions to reiterate the neutral position of countries like Ireland, the Irish Independent understands.
Taoiseach Enda Kenny said Ireland's position was clear and would not change.
"The Lisbon Treaty sets out Europe's position on this and that supercedes all statements."