The first CSDP orientation course of the new academic year 2017/18 was held from 4 to 8 September in Brussels. This training activity was hosted by Austria, Hungary, Croatia and the European Commission with a specific focus on the Western Balkan partners. The course forms part of the CSDP Training Programme, which consists of three modules and will conclude with a reflection seminar in Tirana (Albania) in October 2017.
The EU today launched a new civilian Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) mission in Iraq. The mission will focus on assisting the Iraqi authorities in the implementation of the civilian aspects of the Iraqi national security strategy.