Peacebuilding and EU Institutions and Policies


The main objective of EPLO’s Working Group on EU Institutions and Policies is to ensure that conflict prevention and peacebuilding have a prominent place within the policies and structures of EU external affairs. Areas of work include Common Security and Foreign Policy (CFSP), including Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) missions as well as the institutional development of the EEAS.

For more information about the Working Group, please contact Anna Penfrat.

Publications

Recent Activities

    • On 26 February 2013, EPLO was invited to speak at a roundtable discussion on the review of the EEAS organised by The Greens/EFA in the European Parliament. Click here to download the agenda.
    • On 30 January 2013, EPLO organised a meeting entitled ‘The EU’s Comprehensive Approach to External Action: Gathering Civil Society Input’ in Brussels. Click here to download the final agenda and meeting report for this Civil Society Dialogue Network event.
    • On 4 December 2012, EPLO together with its French member organisation ESSEC IRENÉ organised a conference entitled ‘Towards a comprehensive approach in EU external action: the role of France / Vers une approche globale de l’action extérieure de l’Union européenne: le rôle de la France’ which took place in Paris, France. Click here to download the final agenda and meeting report of this Civil Society Dialogue Network event.
    • On 23 November 2012, EPLO organised a panel discussion on ‘EU External Action: Longer-term scenarios and opportunities for reform’. Click here to download the meeting agenda.
    • On 11 September 2012, EPLO organised a roundtable entitled ‘The European Union as a Peace Project: Defending, learning from and applying our history’. Click here to download the meeting agenda.
    • On 2 May 2012, EPLO published a briefing paper on CFSP structures and instruments after the entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty. Click here to download the document.
    • On 13 March 2012, EPLO together with its Spanish member organisation Toledo International Centre for Peace (CITpax) organised a conference entitled ‘EU Common Foreign and Security Policy as a Peacebuilding Tool’ which took place in Madrid, Spain. Click here to download the final agenda and meeting report of this Civil Society Dialogue Network event.
    • On 6 December 2011, the Working Group on Peace and Development (FriEnt) and EPLO organised an expert roundtable discussion entitled ‘Towards a Strategic Framework for European Union Support to Conflict Prevention and Peacebuilding?’ which took place in Berlin. Click here to download the invitation and here to read a report of the discussion (only available in German).
    • On 7 November 2011, EPLO together with its French member organisation ESSEC IRENÉ organised a panel discussion entitled ‘Assessing the Peacebuilding Potential of CFSP and CSDP after the Lisbon Treaty’ which took place in Paris, France. Click here to download the final agenda and meeting report of this Civil Society Dialogue Network event.
    • On 21 June 2011, EPLO organised a meeting on Women, Peace and Security in EU Common Security and Defence Policy Missions and Operations. Click here to download the report and final agenda of this Civil Society Dialogue Network event.
    • On 16 May 2011, EPLO organised a panel discussion on EU Support for Security Sector Reform. Click here to download the report and final agenda of this Civil Society Dialogue Network event.
    • On 14 March 2011, EPLO was invited to provide evidence in a hearing at the German Bundestag on experiences and perspective of NGOs regarding civilian conflict prevention. Click here for the agenda of the hearing and here to download EPLO’s written contribution (both documents are only available in German).
    • On 7 February 2011, EPLO together with its Finnish member organisations CMI and KATU organised a conference on ‘Conflict Prevention and the European Union’ which took place in Helsinki, Finland. Click here to download the final agenda and meeting report of this Civil Society Dialogue Network event.
    • On 9-10 December 2010, EPLO organised a two-day seminar on civil society analysis of EU Common Security and Defence Policy missions. This meeting was attended by approximately 15 participants, mainly representatives of local civil society organisations from areas where CSDP missions are or have been deployed and international civil society organisations.
    • In August 2010, EPLO published a study on co-operation between civil society organisations and two of the EU’s Common Security and Defence Policy missions (EULEX in Kosovo and EUPOL COPPS in the Palestinian Territories). Click here to download EPLO’s new publication entitled Accountability and Effectiveness of CSDP Missions: The Role of Civil Society (June 2010).
    • On 29 June 2010, EPLO, the Parlamentarians Network for Conflict Prevention and Human Security and the office of Heidi Hautala MEP jointly organised a panel discussion on ‘Conflict Prevention and the European External Action Service’ in the European Parliament in Brussels. Click here to download an article about the event by Heidi Hautala MEP. Click here to download a report of the event from the Parliamentarians Network for Conflict Prevention and Human Security.
    • On 27 April 2010, EPLO and EPLO member organisations Saferworld, Kvinna till Kvinna and the Kosovar Nansen Dialogue organised a civil society seminar on the draft study on CSDP missions in Pristina.
    • On 18 March 2010, EPLO’s Executive Director, Catherine Woollard, gave a presentation to the European Parliament’s Subcommittee on Human Rights on EPLO’s recommendations for the establishment of the EEAS. Click here to watch the presentation (starts at 10:24:23).
    • On 8 February 2010, EPLO hosted its second roundtable meeting on the EEAS. Click here to download a report of the meeting.
    • On 11 September 2009, EPLO hosted its first roundtable meeting on the EEAS. Click here to download a report of the meeting.

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