Pre-Deployment Training for Personnel in EU CSDP Missions

Sweden is one of the driving EU member states behind an initiative providing training for civilian and military staff being deployed to Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) missions.

The training series takes place under the framework of the European Security and Defence College (ESDC) and is the initiative of five member state training providers: FBA, Sweden; Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna (SSSUP), Italy; Center for International Peace Operations (ZIF), Germany; Crisis Management Centre (CMC), Finland; and Centre for European Perspective (CEP), Slovenia.

The objectives of the initiative are the following:

  • Increase cost-effectiveness when pre-deployment training can be shared between several member states;
  • The recognition that extensive training on CSDP and EU values will enhance a common identity and working culture among the participants;
  • Prepare the individual in order to be quickly fully operational once deployed hence contributing to more effective missions;
  • Pre-deployment training is to be seen as a strategic investment in the specific mission or operation.

Course subjects

The course is partly generic in content. This means it covers, for example, the CSDP decision-making process, gender mainstreaming and human rights, code of conduct, security aspects, reporting and information flow, and other relevant aspects common to all CSDP missions. Also, the course is partly mission-specific, presenting aspects specific to the organization and the environment that the participant will soon meet.

Target group

The course, which is free of charge, is aimed at civilian and military (both seconded and contracted) staff to be deployed to Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) missions. Travel and accommodation is paid by the participant or the seconding authority.

Next course

The course is held by the European Security and Defence College (ESDC) in co-operation with the above mentioned EU-training institutions. Participants are nominated by the seconding authority to the ESDC Secretariat, secretariat-esdc@eeas.europa.eu.

During 2017, the course is offered the following dates:

31 January – 3 February
28 February – 3 March
28 March – 31 March
25 April – 28 April
27 June – 30 June
26  September – 29  September
24 October – 27 October
28 November – 1 December

For further information please contact Cecilia Sternemo, project leader at the FBA.

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