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    • Strategic Context of Civilian CSDP

    Strengthening Civilian CSDP through Enhanced Application of the EU’s Integrated Approach

    The baseline document for the CoE’s Civilian CSDP Summer Forum 2024 provides an overview of the different actors involved in the EU Integrated Approach and illustrates good practices and current challenges with a view to the implementation of the Integrated Approach. The document examines all levels of integration - the national level (Member States), the level of the EU institutions and services, and the actors in theatre (missions and other stakeholders on the ground) - and offers food for thought for areas of improvement in the application of the Integrated Approach.
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    European Defence - The Future of EU Missions

    This policy brief by the Clingendael Institute frames the changing status quo of EU CSDP in the context of ongoing security crises. The authors discuss how the war in Ukraine, the series of coups d'état in the Sahel, and spillover from the Israel-Hamas war are affecting CSDP and recommend policy changes for CSDP policy and missions moving forward.
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    • Civilian CSDP Compact
    • Strategic Context of Civilian CSDP

    2023 Council Conclusions on the Civilian CSDP Compact

    The Council Conclusions reiterate the Council’s commitment to building and strengthening the EU’s role as a global security provider through civilian CSDP missions. It calls on EU Member States and institutions to continue and expand capability development activities and outlines the EU’s commitment to operate in compliance with international law and further utilise strategic communication, modular and scalable approaches, and increased stakeholder contributions.
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    • Civilian CSDP Compact
    • Civilian CSDP Missions
    • Strategic Context of Civilian CSDP

    Report from the 2023 CoE Civilian CSDP Autumn Forum

    This document has been produced by the European Centre of Excellence for Civilian Crisis Management (CoE) and serves as a report from the CoE's Civilian CSDP Autumn Forum on the topic "Implementing deliverable number 3 under the Civilian CSDP Compact". It took place on 19/20 October 2023 at the Spanish Representation to the EU in Brussels, under the auspices of the Spanish Council Presidency. This report can be used by EU MS as well as the EEAS to inform their further discussion – and eventual decision-making – to what extent a scalable and modular approach shall be used to make civilian CSDP more agile, flexible, effective and efficient.
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    • Civilian CSDP Compact
    • National Systems and Frameworks of Secondment
    • Strategic Context of Civilian CSDP

    Implementing Deliverable Number 3 under the Civilian CSDP Compact

    This document has been produced by the European Centre of Excellence for Civilian Crisis Management (CoE) prior to CoE's Civilian CSDP Autumn Forum that took place on 19/20 October 2023 at the Spanish Representation to the EU in Brussels, under the auspices of the Spanish Council Presidency. It was shared in advance with all registered participants to outline the scope of discussions at the Forum and provide information on its topic: The modular and scalable approach of deliverable #3 of the 2023 Civilian CSDP Compact.
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    • Civilian CSDP Missions
    • Strategic Context of Civilian CSDP

    Report from the 2023 CoE Civilian CSDP Summer Forum

    On June 15th and 16th, 2023, the CoE, in collaboration with the Swedish Folke Bernadotte Academy (FBA) and under the auspice of the Swedish council presidency, gathered representatives from 23 EU Member States, as well as the EEAS, Eurojust, and Frontex for the Civilian CSDP Summer Forum. The primary objective was to familiarise and identify the necessary capabilities within EU Member States to strengthen and enhance civilian CSDP missions, making them more inclusive, effective, and efficient.
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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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    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 Compact
    • Civilian CSDP Missions
    • Strategic Context of Civilian CSDP

    Report from the CoE Civilian CSDP Autumn Forum in Brussels

    On 27-28 October 2022, upon invitation from the CoE, representatives from 25 EU Member States (MS), SecDefPol, CPCC, ISP and FPI gathered to continue discussions on a new Level of Ambition (LoA) for civilian CSDP against the backdrop of the negotiations of the new Civilian CSDP Compact to be adopted in May 2023. You will find on this page the report of discussions and additional documents that were shared during the event.
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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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