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    • Civilian CSDP Compact

    Civilian CSDP Compact 2023

    The Council of the European Union and its members have agreed to a new Civilian CSDP Compact building on the first Compact adopted in November 2018. The new Compact seeks to enhance civilian missions’ effectiveness, impact, flexibility and robustness in order to tackle emerging and future security challenges.
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    • Civilian CSDP Compact

    The New Civilian CSDP Compact - Food for Impact

    This book, a joint publication between the European Union Institute for Security Studies (EUISS) EUISS and the European Centre of Excellence for Civilian Crisis Management (CoE), presents 38 contributions from EU civilian crisis management experts, which fed into the policymaking process leading to the adoption of the new Civilian CSDP Compact in May 2023.
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    • Civilian CSDP Compact
    • Strategic Context of Civilian CSDP

    The Implementation of civilian CSDP and other EU Security Assistance

    With this resolution, the Parliament is seeking clarification on the role, ambitions, effectiveness and added value of civilian CSDP, which the new Compact should address. It also calls for a new Compact that is capable of delivering on the goals set out in the Strategic Compass. Key demands include the introduction of more robust mandates, improvements to the decision-making process and an increase in financial resources. The Parliament also mentions new issues which should be integrated into civilian CSDP or deserve a renewed focus.
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    • Civilian CSDP Missions
    • Strategic Communication

    Enhancing the Capabilities of CSDP Missions and Operations to Identify and Respond to Disinformation Attacks

    This study, published by the European Parliament, analyses disinformation campaigns against CSDP missions and operations with case studies on the missions in Georgia, Moldova, and Mali. The authors find that disinformation campaigns do not systematically target missions but threaten them in broader campaigns against EU influence in host countries. To counter them the study recommends a more cohesive and proactive approach making use of strategic communication tools to protect EU credibility and legitimacy with local audiences and actors.
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    • Strategic Context of Civilian CSDP

    Implementation of the Common Security and Defence Policy – Annual Report 2022

    In this annual report, adopted by the Committee on Foreign Affairs (AFET), on the state of CSDP, the European Parliament underlines the goals and tools established with the Strategic Compass as part of EU’s answer to the drastically changed security situation in Europe in 2022 and beyond. It assesses the defence initiatives of the EU and the implementation of the civilian CSDP Compact among other things.
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    • Civilian CSDP - JHA Cooperation
    • National Systems and Frameworks of Secondment

    Maximising the Internal Security Benefits of International Police Missions: What Works

    This report presents a range of good practices employed by states to maximize the benefits of mission participation to police institutions and serve internal security objectives when making officers available. It also aims to inform discussions around ongoing efforts to develop the roadmap towards the Civilian Compact 2.0 by EU Member States (EUMS).
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    • Civilian CSDP Missions
    • Leadership and Management

    Guidelines for Command and Control Structure for Civilian CSDP Missions

    These guidelines set and clarify the chain of command and specific roles of the institutions and individuals in civilian CSDP, from the Council down to the individual Heads of Mission. They outline the distinctions between operational and tactical command and control and go into great detail on the responsibilities of the Civilian Operations Commander and the Heads of Mission.
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    • Civil-Military Cooperation

    Civilian – Military CSDP Cooperation in the Context of the EU Integrated Approach: How to Adapt and Enhance to Face New Security Scenarios

    In this article, Dr. Volker Jacoby, founding director of the European Centre of Excellence for Civilian Crisis Management, explains the agreed political framework, outlines recent steps, frames the challenges and recommends concrete steps to increase civilian-military CSDP cooperation.
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    • Civilian CSDP Compact
    • Strategic Context of Civilian CSDP

    2022 Council Conclusions on the Civilian CSDP Compact

    The Council Conclusions renew the Council’s commitment to civilian CSDP and highlight the importance of its missions in the current geopolitical landscape. It outlines the achievements made since the 2018 Civilian CSDP Compact and calls for a new Civilian CSDP Compact structured around four priorities: act rapidly and robustly, secure host countries and civilian CSDP missions against fast-changing threats, invest in more and better capabilities and partner with host countries, third states and international organisations.
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    • CSDP Partnerships, Partner Countries and Third States

    Civilian Operations Commander Operational Guidelines on Civil Society Engagement

    These guidelines aim to operationalise engagement with civil society actors in mission implementation. It contains a toolbox for engagement and checklist for civil society mapping and risk analysis to assist all mission staff to know what to do and how to do it.
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