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Working for Human Security – News on the civilian CSDP Missions

22/07/2019 - 10:15
Working for Human Security – News on the civilian CSDP Missions

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In an interdependent world our partners' security is our security. EUCAP Mali: shaking hands with a member of the Garde Nationale at the end of a training
In an interdependent world our partners' security is our security. EUCAP Mali: shaking hands with a member of the Garde Nationale at the end of a training

 

The demand for civilian CSDP Missions will remain high. Experts from the Member States, the EEAS and Think-Tanks shared this view in a recent analytical workshop in Brussels. The security situation around the EU has seen emerging and escalating conflicts. The current reluctance of governments for robust military interventions increases the usefulness of civilian security tools, which work to increase the capacities of host nations' own security services and respond to the concept of "forward security".

The EU has in the last 16 years deployed altogether civilian 22 Missions in Asia, Europe and Africa to increase human security. The fact that the EU has repeatedly launched civilian Missions is proof of their added value as a crisis-management tool of the European Union

The former head of EULEX Kosovo Alexandra Papadopoulou, stated in a recent retrospective interview that change demands time and that civilian Missions under the Common Security and Defence Policy face sometimes unrealistic expectations. Their overall yearly budget stands currently at 281 million euro per year; employing around 1,900 international and local staff in ten Missions. The civilian CSDP Missions were not designed to save alone failed states, but to be part of the wider EU action for stability and peace. All civilian Missions have jointly with their local partners achieved tactical successes as is foreseen in their specified mandates. They will continue to do so.

 

 

 

European citizens want to see more EU cooperation in the area of security. The EEAS and in particular the CPCC, the EEAS Directorate serving as the headquarters of the civilian Missions, have noticed also a growing interest in the civilian CSDP Missions.

The CPCC thus decided to further develop the Civilian Operations Commander Biweekly message into a public review, in the contemporary newsletter format.

This newsletter is one channel to render first-hand information available to larger audiences. Why not invite also your colleagues to read it and to subscribe to it?

Read also the page of the Civilian Planning and Conduct Capability on the EEAS home page where news on the Missions, CPCC and job vacancies - so-called Calls for Contributions - are regularly published.