The European Centre of Excellence for Civilian Crisis Management (CoE) is an international association based in Berlin. It was established in February 2020 following an invitation to all EU Member States by the German Federal Foreign Office. The CoE is an organisation that supports its current 19 members and EU Institutions, particularly the European External Action Service (EEAS), in implementing their commitments under the Civilian CSDP Compact. More generally, the CoE helps enhance civilian capacities to strengthen EU crisis management. It was officially opened on September 17, 2020 in Berlin.
All CoE members contribute to the work of the Centre through seconded national experts, who work in Berlin alongside the Centre’s permanent staff. The potential of the CoE lies in its hybrid character. It is not a think tank, but identifies good practices, augments them with its own analysis, formulates recommendations for their replication in the field, and assists in implementing them. It is a bridge and a go-between the European institutions, the Member States and missions deployed in the framework of the EU Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP).
Our initial priorities are 1) supporting member states in living up to their commitment to increase the number of seconded personnel in civilian crisis management missions; 2) assisting member states in setting up systems and structures to ensure proper preparation of seconded personnel in line with the EU CSDP Training Policy; and 3) developing ideas on how best to include deployment to civilian crisis management missions into individual career paths of interested persons, both non-uniformed civilians and representatives of Justice and Home Affairs agencies.
We are especially committed to provide advice to members on tangible steps towards equal representation of women in CSDP, including an increase in the number and strategic positioning of women in civilian crisis management missions.
In regular (virtual) meetings with representatives from its members, the CoE reports on the work done, the results achieved and on further opportunities for improvement.
The CoE is financed by a grant from Germany’s Federal Foreign Office and by financial contributions from its members (membership fees). Members also contribute to the work of the CoE through the secondment of highly qualified, no-cost experts to the Centre in Berlin.