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The Civilian Planning and Conduct Capability (CPCC)

The Civilian Planning and Conduct Capability (CPCC) is the EEAS Directorate serving as the Operational Headquarters for the civilian CSDP Missions.

Individually and collectively, the civilian CSDP Missions promote stability and build resilience through strengthening rule of law on the strategic and operational levels in fragile environments. The mandates of the civilian CSDP Missions are agreed by the Member States of the European Union and delivery is driven by the strategic leadership of the Civilian Operations Commander and under the political direction of the Political and Security Committee/High Representative – Vice President.

Strong and accountable rule of law institutions underscored by good governance increase stability and reduce vulnerability to hybrid threats.

There are currently 10 civilian CSDP Missions in 3 regions: Ukraine, Georgia, Kosovo, Libya, the Palestinian Territories (Ramallah and Rafah), Niger, Mali, Somalia and Iraq. There are approximately 2,000 staff in the field, and around 80 in headquarters. In June 2018, of the staff in the field, almost 1,300 were internationals, mainly (but not exclusively) from EU Member States. Approximately 790 were locally engaged staff. The authorised strength of the Missions is 2,347 and an annual force generation of 850 posts is required. This means processing some 6,000 candidate applications each year. The biggest Mission has around 680 staff, the smallest currently around 40.

There are around 120 different job types throughout the civilian CSDP Missions. From Head of Mission to auditor, forensic archaeologist to transport officer, building manager to communications expert, police adviser to prosecutor, legislative drafter to constitutional court judge, legal officer to financial verifier, driver to translator, spokesperson to planner, human resources manager to component manager, chief of staff to press officer, there are many and varied positions across the civilian CSDP Missions. Our Headquarters also incorporates a unique blend of expertise with both officials and seconded national experts who work on matters such as policing, rule of law, procurement, logistics and finance. There are also some Mission staff who are embedded in CPCC, but remain under the chain of command of their respective Heads of Mission.  Currently, 27 of the EU Member States contribute personnel to the civilian CSDP Missions.

The CPCC is committed to ensuring the greatest possible delivery of mandates, through good coordination with all CSDP stakeholders, efficient use of CPCC internal resources and 24/7, 365 day-a-year support to Missions in their respective theatres of operation.

The first civilian CSDP Mission was launched January 2003. Since that time we have proven to be reliable CSDP actors. We will continue to do so.

The CPCC Director, as Civilian Operation Commander for each Mission, exercises command and control at strategic level for the operational planning and conduct of all civilian crisis management operations. He is assisted by number of senior policy experts. CPCC is composed of the following divisions:

CPCC.1 - Conduct of Operations Division

The Conduct of Operations Division (or 'Operations') is in daily contact with all of the civilian CSDP Missions. It supports Heads of Mission and Mission staff to deliver on their respective mandates on behalf of the Civilian Operation Commander, and ensures that the political objectives of the High Representative and the Member States are followed by the Missions. The Division consists of three geographically-organised Sections (Europe, Africa, Asia/Middle East) made up of AD and AST officials, SNEs including subject matter experts on policing, rule of law and maritime issues. This Division also has responsibility for the revision of OPLANs in line with CIVCOM and PSC advice.

CPCC.2 – Chief of Staff/Horizontal Co-ordination Division

The Chief of Staff Division is responsible for internal co-ordination of day-to-day issues. On top of that it has strategic responsibilities which are carried out by two sections. The Operational Capability Section is primarily responsible for providing guidance on cross-cutting issues such as lessons learnt, including the development of operational guidelines to ensure greater consistency and coherence on operational mandate delivery. The Operational Planning Section supports operational planning and establishment of civilian CSDP missions, establishing Planning Teams to develop operational planning documents such as the Concept of Operation (CONOPS) and Operational Plan (OPLAN), and to support Missions in all aspects of their start-up phase.

CPCC.3 – Mission Support Division

The Mission Support Division also has two sections. The Human Resources Section recruits Mission staff and assists in the management of staff as well as assisting the Civilian Operations Commander in the setting up of human resources policies and best practice. The Procurement, Finance, Legal & Logistics Section manage the delivery of equipment to the Missions, ensuring that all the financial and legal rules are adhered to in the procurement and usage of such equipment. It also assists the Missions in defining and managing their budgets with the relevant stakeholders (Member States and Foreign Policy Instruments). Both sections play an integral role in the planning and setting-up of new Missions. MSD is the contact point in CPCC for the RELEX Working Group of the Council.

EUCAP Somalia

Mission was launched in July 2012. Mission's current deployment is 48 international staff and 29 local staff.

Read more about the Mission EUCAP Somalia


Mission was launched in July 2012. Mission's current deployment is 44 international staff and 31 local staff.

Read more about the Mission EUCAP SAHEL Niger.


Mission was launched in May 2013. Mission's current deployment is 3 international staff in Tunis and 2 locally contracted staff in Tripoli.

Read more about the Mission EUBAM Libya.


Mission was launched in April 2015. Mission's current deployment is 72 internationals and 29 local staff.

Read more about the Mission EUCAP SAHEL Mali.

EULEX Kosovo

Mission was launched in February 2008. Mission's current deployment is 720 international and 750 local staff.

Read more about the Mission EULEX Kosovo.

EUMM Georgia

Mission was launched in September 2008. Mission's current deployment is 210 international staff and 130 local staff.

Read more about the Mission EUMM Georgia.

EUAM Ukraine

Mission was launched in July 2014. Mission's current deployment is 78 international staff and 51 local staff.

Read more about the Mission EUAM Ukraine.

EUBAM Rafah/Palestinian Territories

Mission was launched in November 2005. Mission's current deployment is 4 international staff, 7 local staff and 4 visiting experts.

Read more about the Mission EUBAM Rafah/Palestinian Territories.

EUPOL COPPS/Palestinian Territories

Mission was launched in January 2006. Mission's current deployment is 54 international staff and 38 local staff.

Read more about the Mission EUPOL COPPS/Palestinian Territories.

EUAM Iraq 

Mission was launched to respond to the request for advice and assistance by the Iraqi government.

The Mission has an initial mandate for one year. It will focus on assisting the Iraqi authorities in the implementation of the civilian aspects of the Iraqi security strategy.

Read more about the EUAM Iraq.

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