CEPOL course on command and planning of CSDP missions

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12 January 2016

The Portuguese Guarda Nacional Republicana organised from 9 to 20 November 2015 the CEPOL course 52/2015 on EU CSDP police command and planning. This two-week activity took place at the Escola da Guarda (School of Guard) in Queluz, Portugal. The course aimed at providing senior law enforcement officials with competences in planning, implementing, managing and evaluating EU crisis management missions and operations.

The programme included lectures on real challenges experienced by heads of missions in different multicultural environments. Participants gained knowledge on the legal, political and human rights aspects related to planning Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) missions. Trainers also addressed at the course the cooperation with international stakeholders such as the European Gendarmerie Force (EUROGENDFOR) and STRIKFORNATO, which is key to the success of these missions.

Course participants

Through working groups, the trainees learned the different stages to set up a crisis management mission in the field and drafted relevant documents of the planning process. They had to work on a hypothetical situation, a fictitious region called “Utopia”, and had to describe how to cooperate with law enforcement forces in the EU to reform the security and justice sectors in that region.

Staff members from the European External Action Service (EEAS), the Portuguese Military Academy and the NGO Assistência Médica Internacional (AMI), trainers from Finland and Italy and former candidates to the presidency of Portugal, among others, provided the course participants with their expertise. The students even handed them over at the closing ceremony a “certificate of excellence” to acknowledge the quality of the learning experience.


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