On 30 October 2014, the EU Military Staff and Joint Multinational Headquarters, Ulm, Germany, co-organised the second EU Annual Seminar on Military Training and Education, which this year focused on "Developing individual and collective competencies for planning CSDP missions and operations".
On Thursday 16 October 2014 the European Union Naval Force flagship, ITS Andrea Doria and Japanese Navy warship, JS Takanami, which is currently deployed with Combined Maritime Force CTF151, carried out a counter-piracy exercise at sea in the Gulf of Aden.
The symposium "Medical Support to EU Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) Operations", organised jointly by European Union Military Staff (EUMS) and European Defence Agency (EDA), has been hosted from 15 to 16 October at the Belgium Royal Military School in Brussels to discuss medical support for EU operations.
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.