The EU Situation Room

In order to ensure global, comprehensive and timely situational awareness to underpin the EU’s external action, the EU is supported by the EU Situation Room.

The EU Situation Room is a permanent stand-by body that provides worldwide monitoring and current situation awareness 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, all year round. It acts as a situation information hub for all relevant stakeholders from the European institutions. It acts as the EEAS switchboard and embeds within situation reports or flash reports all crisis related information provided, among others, by EU Delegations, EU Member States, EU CSDP Operations and Missions, EUSR teams, and International Organisations. The EU Situation Room is the first point of contact for all information on crisis situations.

More specifically, the EU Situation Room:

  • Monitors and reports on worldwide events on a 24/7 basis, focusing on topics and issues relevant for the EEAS and the EU as a whole.
  • Liaises 24/7 with CSDP Missions and Operations through a Watchkeeping Capability, as well as with EU Delegations.
  • Supports HRVP and relevant EEAS services, the Council, and cooperates closely with the Commission;
  • Plays a role in the EU Integrated Political Crisis Response arrangements (IPCR) to support political coordination and decision-making in major, complex, inter-disciplinary crisis.
  • Manages and develops relations with national crisis response and crisis coordination centres of EU Member States;
  • Has regular contacts with other regional and international organizations' crisis centres, such as the UN Department for Peacekeeping Operations (UN DPKO), League of Arab States (LAS), African Union (AU) and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

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