Enhancing Common Understanding on the EU Security and Defense Architecture Through CSDP Orientation Course

Defence Forces International Centre FINCENTNational Defence University 15.1.2018 16.42
Press release

53 participants from 17 EU and partnership countries participated at the CSDP orientation course organized in Vienna 11 – 15 December. This course was part of European Security and Defence College support to the Eastern neighborhood, EaP, partnership program and hosted by Austrian Ministry of Defence and Sports.

The CSDP Orientation Course is a major component of the ESDC training activities with the aim to develop and promote a broad understanding of Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) as an integral part of the Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP) of the European Union. .

ESDC training manager Dr Jochen Rehl has played a key role in developing and implementing training programmes for EU partnership. This course was also his 50th orientation course, which is a remarkable and record in the history of ESDC.

FINCENT has been the member of the ESDC Network, consisting of 130 training, education and research institutions from all EU member States, since 2015, and the membership has benefitted Laurea expertise development and research projects in various ways. This time FINCENT contributed orientation course’s instructor team with expertise on civilian capability development, integrated approach to respond conflicts and crises. Lessons from IECEU project (Improving the Effectiveness of Capabilities in EU Conflict Prevention) were also shared enabling the course participants to gain a deeper understanding of some of the key challenges related to CSDP missions and operations.