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ESDP Orientation Course open to Western Balkan states

 

After having organised the first ESDP Orientation Course open to participants from candidate countries, third states and international organisations in February, the Austrian Federal Ministry of Defence supported by the General Secretariat of the Council is hosting another open ESDP Orientation Course in Brussels from 29 May to 2 June. This time, the Austrian Presidency, continuing the initiative of open courses, has invited in particular participants from the Western Balkans to attend the course. The aim is to familiarise them with the main objectives of the European Security and Defence Policy (ESDP) as an essential part of the Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP) of the European Union and to promote an exchange of views. Furthermore, contacts are to be established for the purpose of enhancing mutual trust and transparency.

Around 60 participants from EU Member States, Croatia, Albania, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina as well as Serbia and Montenegro will participate in the course which aims at providing basic knowledge at the very heart of the EU – in Brussels. Therefore, lectures and panel discussions on ESDP institutions, EU Crisis Management Procedures or relations with international organisations and third states will be held by highly experienced experts belonging to EU institutions or the Austrian Presidency. For the first time, lectures will also be provided by experts of the EU Institute for Security Studies. Offering an interesting insight as to how the EU works, the programme will also include a speech of High Representative Javier Solana in the European Parliament and a visit to the EU Military Committee.

The course is being organised under the auspices of the recently established European Security and Defence College (ESDC) which aims at enabling common training of civilian and military personnel that covers strategic aspects in the field of ESDP/CFSP. It is the third ESDP Orientation Course open to third states. The first open course was hosted by the Austrian Presidency in Brussels. The second course was hosted by Lithuania, supported by France, and placed emphasis on Eastern Europe. The initiative has generated considerable interest among third states and has already received an extremely positive feedback.

 

 

Date: 27.05.2006