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The Head of Mission of EUPOL COPPS, Nataliya Apostolova, attended the 15th Anniversary celebrations of the Civilian Planning Conduct Capability (CPCC)

On 24 May, The Head of Mission of EUPOL COPPS, Nataliya Apostolova, attended the 15th Anniversary celebrations of the Civilian Planning Conduct Capability (CPCC), which is the HQ for all EU civilian missions. The highlight of the celebrations was a high level conference, in the premises of the European Parliament in Brussels, hosted by the High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy of the European Union and Vice President of the European Commission, Josep Borrell.

Described by the HR/VP as ‘a potent EU instrument to address crisis situations around the world’,  the focus of the conference was on a single pressing objective: to ‘shape civilian CSDP for the future’, in line with the goals set out in the Strategic Compass, the guiding document for the future security and defence of Europe. 

Praising the work of the CSDP Missions and highlighting the vital importance of the human factor in ensuring that the Missions are essential in contributing towards the peace and stability of their respective area of operations, HR/VP Borrell highlighted that each Mission is ‘making a valuable contribution to the EU ‘integrated approach’ and our reputation as a global security actor.’

  • The CPCC was established in 2007 as the operational headquarters for all EU civilian CSDP missions and was transferred to the European External Action Service (EEAS) in 2010.
  • Under the authority of the Civilian Operation Commander Francisco Esteban Perez, the CCPC provides critical support to the planning and implementation of the 11 CSDP missions working on 3 continents, with a total of around 2000 women and men working side by side with their host-state counterparts.
  • EUCAP Sahel Mali, EUCAP Sahel Niger, EUAM RCA, EUCAP Somalia, EUPOL COPPS (Palestine), EUBAM Rafah (Palestine), EUAM Iraq, European Union Monitoring Mission in Georgia (EUMM), EUAM Ukraine, EUBAM Libya and EULEX Kosovo, European Union Rule of Law Mission. In addition, the EU operates a Regional Advisory and Coordination Cell (RACC) for the Sahel.
  • The missions' mandates cover a wide range of security sector and rule of law activities, with the main objective of promoting stability and strengthening resilience in a fragile environment.
  • The missions are mainly staffed by seconded personnel provided by EU Member States. Without this support, none of these missions would exist.

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