On 17-19 Feb twenty five government officials from different institutions of Eastern Partnership (EaP) countries (Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova, and Ukraine) gathered in Helsinki for a study trip on civilian Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP).
The study trip aims at gathering decision makers from the authorities of EaP countries, responsible for participation in civilian crisis management missions. The main goal of the study trip is to share the knowledge and experience of Finland, one of the biggest contributors in the area of civilian CSDP.
The programme includes meetings with officials from the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and the Interior and presentations about the Finnish legal base with regard to participation in civilian CSDP missions, decision making process, recruitment procedures, pre-deployment training, social guarantees of seconded personnel, etc. Part of the programme will be dedicated to border control, including a visit to Helsinki airport (border guard, police and customs).
The event is co-organised by the Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Ministry of the Interior in close cooperation with the European External Action Service (Crisis Management and Planning Directorate). It is held in the framework of the Panel on co-operation in the area of CSDP within the EaP Platform on Democracy, Good Governance and Stability, and is co-funded by the European Union.