On 17-19 Feb twenty five government officials from different institutions of Eastern Partnership (EaP) countries (Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova, and Ukraine) gathered in Helsinki for a study trip on civilian Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP).
The study trip aims at gathering decision makers from the authorities of EaP countries, responsible for participation in civilian crisis management missions. The main goal of the study trip is to share the knowledge and experience of Finland, one of the biggest contributors in the area of civilian CSDP.
The programme includes meetings with officials from the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and the Interior and presentations about the Finnish legal base with regard to participation in civilian CSDP missions, decision making process, recruitment procedures, pre-deployment training, social guarantees of seconded personnel, etc. Part of the programme will be dedicated to border control, including a visit to Helsinki airport (border guard, police and customs).
The event is co-organised by the Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Ministry of the Interior in close cooperation with the European External Action Service (Crisis Management and Planning Directorate). It is held in the framework of the Panel on co-operation in the area of CSDP within the EaP Platform on Democracy, Good Governance and Stability, and is co-funded by the European Union.
More than 20 different activities (CSDP courses, conferences, workshops, study trips, etc.) have been organised so far under the Panel on CSDP, which was established by the EU Member States and Eastern Partnership countries in June 2013. The Panel facilitates dialogue on political and practical aspects of participation by interested partner countries in EU CSDP missions and operations, provides experience sharing on engagement in international crisis management and peacekeeping activities, and further develops national capabilities for those purposes, as well as for overall security sector reforms.