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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Crisis management, conflict prevention, peace building: the EU Instrument for Stability has been strongly committed in 2011

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The 2011 report on Instrument for Stability (IfS) has been adopted today by the European Commission. It is a very important instrument which funds external assistance.  



The (fifth) annual IfS report to the European Parliament, the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the regions shows how, in 2011, the mobilisation of EUR 282 million has enabled the EU to prevent and respond to crises and threats worldwide

Crisis response

With new and ongoing actions in some 50 countries, the EU has used the IfS to respond rapidly to events around the world, such as the unfolding Arab Spring, where it helped strengthening participation of civil society in the transition processes, including through a particular focus on the role of women, in line with the EU's commitments in the Joint Communication on 'A Partnership for Democracy and Shared Prosperity with the Southern Mediterranean'. In the Horn of Africa the IfS, as part of EU and other humanitarian relief efforts, assisted early recovery programmes and continued support was given to countries in the region engaged with piracy trials linked to the EU's CSDP Atalanta counter-piracy naval operation.

Pre- and post-crisis capacity-building

Under the Peace-building Partnership programmes, work on crisis preparedness, crisis prevention and peace-building continued in cooperation with the EU's international, regional and sub-regional partners as well as with civil society players. This included structured dialogue with civil society and capacity-building of non-state actors in selected countries, as well as cooperation with UN bodies on mediation and dialogue.

Trans-regional threats and CBRN risks

Within the context of tackling global and trans-regional threats to peace and security, efforts in 2011 focused on: capacity-building through programmes aimed at strengthening the capacities of law enforcement and judicial and civil authorities involved in the prevention of and the fight against terrorism and organised crime; the effective control of illegal trade and transit and 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 have extended geographical coverage to 40 new countries in addition to those of the former Soviet Union.

Strength to strength

In its fifth year of operation, and with a budget that has more than doubled from an amount of EUR 139 million in 2007 to EUR 282 million in 2011, the Instrument for Stability has demonstrated its robustness and capacity to contribute to EU responses to a wide range of crisis and other threats and challenges around the world. 

Source :  Press room - European Commission


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