Making civilian CSDP more joined up is one of the core aims of the commitments set in the Civilian CSDP Compact to strengthen European civilian crisis management. Greater cooperation and synergies to increase the internal and external security of Europe and beyond need to be established between (civilian) CSDP and JHA (Justice and Home Affairs) within the triangle of:
1. Member States (all relevant line ministries and agencies)
2. In Brussels (EU Institutions, Commission Services and JHA Actors)
3. In theatre (cooperation between civilian CSDP Missions and e.g., Frontex, Europol, Eurojust)
Cooperation between the three sides of this triangle requires a nationally aligned approach to crisis management amongst the wide range of actors involved, including Ministries of Internal Affairs, Justice, Foreign Affairs, Finance and the numerous agencies and services that work under their auspices.
The CoE Workshop on Strengthening CSDP-JHA Cooperation: ‘Harmonising Narratives to Bolster Cooperation within Member States’, organised in cooperation with the Netherlands and Portugal, brought together a broad range of stakeholders, from all sides of the triangle, to exchange views with a specific focus on boosting cooperation between civilian CSDP and JHA actors at the national level.