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EU programmes and action in fragile and conflict states: next steps for the comprehensive approach (WP1318)



Tuesday 18 to Thursday 20 February, 2014

Our first comprehensive approach conference in December 2012 stimulated much of the thinking that has since guided the work of High Representative/Vice President Ashton, EEAS, the Commission and member states.

This conference sought to build on the contents of the Joint Communication by examining in a more contextualised framework:

  • how to apply in a coordinated and sequenced way the EU’s tools (diplomacy, sanctions, CSDP, IfS and development) to different types of fragile state situations and phases of the conflict cycle;
  • possible mechanisms for achieving better coordination across relevant EU capabilities in key programme areas such as security and justice sector reform; disarmament, demobilisation and reintegration (DDR) and proliferation of small arms and light weapons (SALW);
  • detailed case studies of specific countries and regions for lessons as well as for how the comprehensive approach could work in practice going forward and
  • to continue building a network of policymakers in Brussels and in national capitals across the range of key military and civilian capability areas to help drive the process forward

Further information

Conference: Operationalising the comprehensive approach

Report: Operationalising the comprehensive approach

News: GPPi contributes to Wilton Park conference on EU crisis management

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