This week, ESDC visited the one of the most extensive multidimensional exercises of its kind, Viking 14, in Enköping, Sweden. The exercise is a training platform designed to prepare civilians, military and police together for deployment to a peace or a crisis response mission area. The Head of the ESDC, Mr. Hans-Bernhard Weisserth, paid a visit to this event on the official visitor's day.
0n 23 February, the official ceremony for the inauguration of the first “Train the Trainers” course, planned and organized by EUTM Somalia took place at Jazeera Training Camp (JTC) in Mogadishu.
On February 19th, EUBAM Libya attended a graduation ceremony for over 1,000 customs recruits at the Customs Training Centre in Tripoli.
In a rapidly changing world, the EU is faced with security challenges both in its immediate neighbourhood and further afield. The Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) enables the Union to take a leading role in peace-keeping operations, conflict prevention and in the strengthening of the international security. It is an integral part of the EU's comprehensive approach towards crisis management, drawing on civilian and military assets. Since 2003 the EU has launched some 30 peace missions and operations contributing to stabilisation and security in Europe and beyond.
In a time of limited resources Europe also needs to do better with less. The CSDP allows EU Member States to pool their resources and to build stronger defence capabilities to act rapidly and effectively.