EU’s Instrument for Stability: an efficient tool to response to international crisis

July 30, 2013

Funding Scheme: 2013-07-29


The Instrument for Stability is one of the main EU instruments for external assistance. It provides technical and economic assistance to respond to situations of crisis in third countries.

The European Commission, in its annual activity report on the fund for the year 2012 concluded that the 286 million euro mobilized in 2012 for this funding programme contributed to effectively prevent conflicts and respond to crises and security threats.


Response to conflicts and crises around the world

With new and ongoing actions in over 50 countries, the EU has been using the IfS to respond rapidly to many unfolding events around the world. In response to the Syrian crisis, a substantial regional support programme was put in place to help the affected population groups in Syria and the surrounding countries. In Asia, assistance was given to set up a Peace Centre in Burma/Myanmar which serves as a focal point for the country’s evolving peace process. In North Africa, IfS support is helping Libya, Niger, Mali and other countries to deal with some of the many security and other challenges that the Sahara and Sahel regions are confronted with.

Building the capacities of ‘peacebuilders’

The IfS also pursues a strategy of capacity building. Cumulative efforts to date have enabled the EU to now have stronger partnerships with key peacebuilding players in various international and regional organisations and among civil society. These capacity building efforts have focused on early warning systems, conflict prevention, crisis preparedness and peace-building.

Trans-regional threats and CBRN risks

Among the new areas that the IfS addressed in 2012 as part of efforts to tackle global and trans-regional threats to peace and security are cybercrime / cyber security and the fight against the illicit market of falsified medicines. Programmes were devised to support capacity building for preventing and combating terrorism in priority regions. There was a continuing focus on capacity-building of law enforcement and judicial and civil authorities involved in the effective control of illegal trade and transit and also on building capacities for the protection of critical infrastructure (including maritime routes). Chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) programmes helped mitigate risks related to accidental, natural or malevolent CBRN issues and aimed at improving safety and security culture by spreading best practices and raising the general level of security and safety awareness.

Full details on all newly launched and ongoing IfS actions in 2012 can be found in the detailed annexes to the annual report.

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