The Goalkeeper/Schoolmaster IT application has recently been re-engineered. Goalkeeper is the interactive database of training opportunities relevant to the EU Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) and in particular to civilian crisis management. Its technology has been upgraded to offer more user-friendly access to both its back-office and public environment.
Austria, The Netherlands and Slovakia contributed to addressing the issue of Civilian Rapid Deployment and organised a workshop on Civilian Capability Development under the auspices of the European Security and Defence College (ESDC) and in close collaboration with the Crisis Management and Planning Directorate, which ran from 7 to 8 July 2016 in Brussels.
Brussels is the capital of Art Nouveau and magnificent structures throughout the city are recognised as UNESCO World Heritage sites. The brilliant creative works of Victor Horta, Paul Hankar and other architects formed the theme of this year's team-building activity of the Head of the European Security and Defence College and the Secretariat. Biking, cooking and bowling were all on the agenda during the day of relaxation and reflection.
The European Security and Defence College (ESDC) was established in 2005, with the aim of providing strategic-level education in European Security and Defence Policy, now Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP). It followed thorough need analysis and experimentation phases. The creation of the ESDC was to give the Common Security and Defence Policy a training and education instrument which actively promotes a European security culture.
EU Member States participate in the effort on a voluntary basis. The training audience includes civil servants, diplomats, police officers, and military personnel from the EU Member States and EU institutions involved in CSDP. Partner countries and other international organisations are also invited to participate in some of the ESDC courses. In its first 5 years, the ESDC has developed into a key strategic CSDP training provider.
The ESDC is a network college. Several national universities, academies, colleges and institutes contribute to the success of the ESDC. The network members are well known civilian and military educational and research institutions in Europe.
The objective of the ESDC is to provide Member States and EU Institutions with knowledgeable personnel able to work efficiently on CSDP matters. In pursuing this objective, the College makes a major contribution to a better understanding of CSDP in the overall context of CFSP and to promoting a common European security culture.