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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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    • 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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    • Civilian CSDP Compact
    • National Systems and Frameworks of Secondment
    • Women, Peace and Security

    Delivering the Compact: Towards a More Capable and Gender-Balanced EU Civilian CSDP

    This SIPRI research paper examines the progress made in the secondment of personnel and representation of women in CSDP missions since the adoption of the 2018 Civilian CSDP Compact. Its analysis is supported by an extensive review of mission's human resources reports and gender-disaggregated statistics. Based on the current implementation of the 2018 Compact and its lessons learned, it provides recommendations for the 2023 CSDP Civilian Compact.
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    • Civilian CSDP Missions
    • Leadership and Management
    • Women, Peace and Security

    Women in Multilateral Peace Operations in 2022: What is the State of Play?

    This infographic looks at the data on women's representation in multilateral peace operations (UN peace operations, EU CSDP missions and operations, and OSCE field operations) over the period 2013-2022. It aims to monitor progress and improve transparency in order to inform the debate on the future of the Women, Peace and Security agenda and refine strategies to address potential gaps.
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    • Strategic Context of Civilian CSDP

    Youth Action Plan (YAP) in EU External Action 2022–2027

    The first ever Youth Action Plan provides a political framework and operational roadmap for a strategic partnership with young people in the EU's external action. Its main priority is to ensure youth ownership of EU external action and thus accelerate progress towards sustainable development, equality and peace, in line with international commitments such as the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development or the UN Agenda for Youth, Peace and Security.
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