European Security and Defence College, with its network institutions and Civilian Planning and Conduct Capability, CPCC, has developed a training programme for Pre-deployment training for CSDP missions. This standardised curriculum is approved by all EU Member States in the ESDC Steering Committee.
Political advisors (PolAds) play a key role in CSDP missions and operations. Besides advising the Head of Misson/Force Commander, a political advisor should be skilled in social engineering, networking, and reporting. Additionally, a PolAd should master communication and negotiation techniques. The second module of the EU Advanced Political Advisor Course in Geneva focussed on these skills and capabilities.
At the last meeting of the Eastern Partnership (EaP) Panel, the EaP countries asked the European Union to provide more training opportunities. To achieve this, the countries suggested developing eLearning content, which could be used in national training. Due to its extensive experience in eLearning, the European Security and Defence College was asked to draw up an option paper.
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.