Strategic CSDP Mission Planning Course Basic Concepts and Practical Exercises in CCM
Dear Ambassadors and Friends,
It is with particular pleasure that I participate in the opening of this promising and interesting four day Seminar, entitled "Strategic COMMON SECURITY AND DEFENSE POLICY Mission Planning Course", which deals with basic concepts and practical exercises in Civilian Crisis Management.
I take this opportunity to extend my gratitude to the organizers of this seminar, Austria and The Republic of Cyprus (the latter of which holds the current Presidency of the EU Council). This seminar is organized in the framework of the European Security and Defense College.
First of all, I would like to underline the importance of Civilian Crisis Management both for the overall development of the EU’s Common Security and Defense Policy and for the countries in which missions have been deployed.
During the last decade the EU has managed to develop its civilian capabilities, structures and resources. This is evident from the number of former, current and planned EU Civilian Missions around the world.
It would not be an exaggeration to state that Civilian Crisis Management is amongst the EU’s niche capabilities.
The successful incorporation of civilians in launching crisis management missions, has led to remarkable results in countries like Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Georgia and Iraq to name just a few.
With the implementation of the Lisbon Treaty, and the subsequent establishment of the EU’s External Action Service, Civilian Common Security and Defence Policy must also be improved. We should learn from previous Missions especially during the early planning phases, of a CSDP engagement, in a crisis zone. We should strive to ensure a truly comprehensive approach, taking into account all relevant factors and making use of all the available tools and resources of the EU, to achieve long-lasting stability, security and reform. The need for a stronger link between the Common Security and Defence Policy and Justice and Home Affairs, even from the planning phases of a civilian Mission, is evident and must be considered.
I believe that Civilian crisis management is probably one of the best tools that the EU has at its disposal. This will help address specific- security related- issues such as Security Sector Reform, Rule of Law, Monitoring-Mentoring-Advising. More broadly, it will aid in the development of democratic and sustainable institutions and structures in countries and regions that have been through conflict.
Having been active in providing humanitarian assistance in conflict areas and civil wars across the globe, I can testify that the EU can play an important role as a "soft power", especially in providing security and stability through development cooperation. This is our task: to promote democracy and consolidate stability and peace.
I am certain that the participants of this seminar will have the opportunity to discuss all these issues, in a critical and open manner, thus contributing to the enhancement of a solid European security culture.
I hope that during this seminar, the sounds of Mozart will caress your ears and you will be blessed by the light from Amphictyony and by the spirit of Apollo.
I thank you for your attention.