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Insurrection Prevention: EU in crisis management exercise, deploying a military and civilian mission to Enforce Rule of Law, Security & Defence Policy

Europe Security News.- Europe testing crisis management skills in case of insurrection, invasion or deep Crisis. Photo AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris

Since yesterday (November 18th) the European Union EU is organizing until December 6 its first crisis management exercise under the Lisbon Treaty, and the sixth such exercise overall in the framework of the Common Security and Defense Policy (CSDP).

This exercise will be organized for the first time by the European External Action Service (EEAS) and is adapted to the new institutional and administrative context, the European Commission said in a statement on Wednesday.

For the first time, EU delegations will be involved. The objective of the exercise is also to:

a) test some of the crisis coordination arrangements introduced within the EEAS.

b) test the EU’s new “comprehensive approach” to crisis response,

c) testing and evaluating the whole range of EU crisis response and management structures, as well as decision making and planning processes, with a view to further improving the EU’s capacity to manage crises in a rapidly changing environment.

Like in the previous exercises, no troops will be deployed and the exercise will be conducted mainly in Brussels.

Acting under the authority of the High Representative Catherine Ashton, Mr. Agostino Miozzo,  will conduct the exercise. Miozzo is the EEAS Managing Director for Crisis Response and Operational Coordination.

It will involve the relevant EU Council instances, the EEAS and the EU delegations to the African Union, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda, the European Commission, and the EU Satellite Center.

The test will be instrumented in a fictional African country, named ‘Alisia’ , and this imaginary country will be neighboring Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda. EU delegations in these four countries in Africa and a delegation of the African Union AU will also participate.

The EU will create a response unit to act as operational headquarters in order to run the exercise, which “provides for the possibility of deploying a military and civilian mission for Security Policy and Defence Policy as well as the implementation of a wide range of EU instruments, including humanitarian aid and assistance to the strengthening of the rule of law. ”

Based on the autonomy of the EU to coordinate with relevant regional organizations, the initiative will facilitate the participation and involvement of the African Union, while acknowledging “the primacy of the Security Council of the UN in maintaining international peace and security” .