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Around 2,000 European women and men serve in civilian missions outside the EU. Police officers, policy advisers, legal experts and other civilian personnel are deployed to partner countries to help provide security both locally and within Europe’s borders. Last Monday, EU Foreign Affairs ministers welcomed a further step in the process towards a stronger civilian side of the EU’s Common Security and Defence Policy.
In June 2019, the Political and Security Committee (PSC) of the European Union discussed the update on the implementation of the European Neighbourhood Policy security dimension for the period of July 2018 to June 2019. In general, the European Security and Defence College (ESDC) has opened up a significant part of its academic programme to partner countries. Specific training programmes and courses are provided within the framework of the EaP Panel on Security, CSDP and Civil Protection. The latest course was held in Yerevan in April 2019 on the topic of ‘conflict analysis’.