European Union Police and Civilian Services Training (EUPCST),Ljublijana, Slovenia, 14-16 December 2021
The Steering Committee of the European Union Police and Civilian Services Training (EUPCST), hosted by Center for European Perspective (CEP) – Slovenia takes place from 14 to 16 December 2021 in Ljublijana, Slovenia, with 40 participants representing the members (ESDC is one of the consortium partners). The coordinator of the project, Frans Van Veenendaal from the Royal Netherlands Marechaussee, underlined the importance of the European Security and Defence College’s role and support for CSDP related training, as well as in connecting the Member States (and other involved entities) with the Brussels environment and for continuous development of the CSDP domain. EUPCST is a project (2019 – 2023) which aims at enabling staff in civilian crisis management and stabilization actions to work in a more efficient, effective, and sustainable manner in order to achieve their mandates. Consortium is coordinated by Royal Netherlands Marechaussee and brings together 23 European gendarmerie forces, police forces and civilian parties. The aim of the EUPCST-programme is to build up police capabilities such as interoperability (cooperation), harmonisation (standardisation) and an international network. These capabilities are required to participate in international crisis management operations of the European Union, the United Nations, the African Union and other international organisations. The programme comprises larger exercises, task-specific training programmes and academic knowledge transfer. In practice this means that local people receive support in building up their own organisation, for example in the aftermath of a crisis in their country. EUPCST 2019-2022 is a follow-up of the European Union Police Forces Training (EUPFT) in 2008-2010, the European Union Police Services Training (EUPST I) in 2011-2013 and EUPST II in 2015-2018.