Hylke Dijkstra presents research to policy-makers

Hylke Dijkstra was invited to an expert conference in Schwielowsee (Potsdam) to present research findings from the EU-CIVCAP project on civilian CSDP capabilities to a large group of EU officials.

FASoS researchers are part of a Horizon 2020-funded EU-CIVCAP project (2015-2018) consisting of 11 research institutes to study the civilian capabilities of the EU for crisis response.

This includes answering very practical questions. For instance, how to better recruit and train police officers and judges for international deployments. Or how to develop a rapid response capability to ensure that the EU can react to international crises within days.

On 24-26 October, Hylke Dijkstra was invited to present the main research findings to EU policy makers during an expert conference in Schwielowsee (Potsdam). This conference entitled “Moving EU Civilian Crisis Management Forward” helps to prepare the ground for a high-level policy strategy, the EU Civilian Compact, to be adopted by national leaders during the European Council in December. The conference was organised by the German and Swedish foreign ministries as well as the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP) and attended by around 70 EU officials.

In preparation of the conference, Hylke Dijkstra wrote an input paper on the basis of earlier EU-CIVCAP findings stressing that while the EU has made significant improvements to crisis response capabilities in the last two years, much more is needed to fulfil the ambitions as outlined in the to-be-adopted Civilian Compact. For instance, few EU member states consider international deployments within the career trajectories of domestic police. Also it would be good if the EU develops some standing capacities (e.g. police officers on the EU’s payroll) to ensure a more rapid response to crises. During this conference Hylke Dijkstra presented this paper which was subsequently discussed during an intensive 2-hour workshop.

The contribution at this conference is part of a series of valorisation activities that FASoS researchers have recently done as part of the EU-CIVCAP project. Other activities included a 3-hour private briefing to a member states working group in Brussels in July and a large-scale final conference in Brussels in September. Intensive interaction with policy-makers and the communication of research findings is indeed a core aim of the EU-CIVCAP project.

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