The Civilian Planning and Conduct Capability (CPCC) turns 15!

The Civilian Planning and Conduct Capability (CPCC) celebrates its 15th anniversary as the Brussels based Headquarters for all EU civilian crisis management missions.

Eleven EU crisis management missions operate currently under the Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) across Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. Over 2,000 women and men serve outside the EU, supporting partner countries to provide security and the rule of law on their own territory. Through their commitment, talent, expertise and diversity, they contribute to international stability and security abroad, making a direct contribution to the Union’s security. They are our people, our core capability.

Civilian CSDP missions play a crucial role, contributing to address security challenges in Third States. They promote stability and build resilience in fragile environments in four priority areas: police, rule of law, civil administration and civil protection, through strengthening police authorities or institutions in the criminal justice chain, such as courts, prosecutors and prisons, combat irregular migration, hybrid threats cyber security, terrorism and radicalisation, organised crime and violent extremism, or strengthen border management and maritime security.

High-Level Conference on the future of civilian CSDP

To commemorate the 15th anniversary of the CPCC, the Civilian Operations Commander and CPCC will host a High Level Conference on Shaping Civilian CSDP for the future with HR/VP Josep Borrell as the key note speaker . The conference will look back on a proud legacy of achievement and lessons learned, but also focus on the future of civilian CSDP. With the Strategic Compass now providing the direction of travel, the conference will discuss the concrete measures needed to deliver a more capable , more flexible civilian crisis management capability.

You can find the full programme of the event here and you can follow live here:

The EU's civilian headquarters - Inside the control room of civilian crisis management

On the occasion of the 15th anniversary of the CPCC, the European Union Institute for Security Studies (EUISS) together with CPCC have published a Chaillot Paper on the future of Civilian CSDP, with contributions from a broad range of leading actors in the field both past and present. 
Download the paper here:


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