7.1 The improvement of the effectiveness of EU capabilities

7.1 The Improvement of the Effectiveness of EU Capabilities

Lead beneficiary: SaferGlobe
Contributors: Laurea, University of Ljubljana, AIES, Maynooth University, Royal Danish Defence
College, Enquirya, CMC Finland, FINCENT
Delivery date: 31/08/2017
Revision: 4.0

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Executive Summary:

This report aims to find practical, achievable policy recommendations for improving the effectiveness
of EU conflict prevention in terms of capabilities in CSDP operations. It consolidates the main lessons
identified in the IECEU and ensures that the findings are applicable as policy recommendations.
These findings are presented here as a lessons-learned document, which compiles analysis of EU
mission effectiveness, more general lessons learned as well identify potential conclusions and
recommendations about the effectiveness. The policy recommendations have been created through
a series of consortium debate, and has been reviewed by the advisory board, the steering committee
and other experts. The deliverable is structured around the six capabilities identified in D1.5. These
six are: planning capacity, operational capacity, interoperability, competences, comprehensiveness
and technology. All together 19 policy recommendations are presented, which are discussed in more
detail in the deliverable itself. These policy recommendations for EU CSDP crisis management and
peacebuilding are to:
1. increase resources in planning
2. combine civilian and military elements of crisis management where possible
3. encourage and strengthen local ownership in the planning of a mission or operation.
4. clarify a desired end-state, purpose and strategic objective to reflect appropriate action
5. create an enhanced information sharing framework
6. consider developing an interoperable capability for better intelligence gathering and sharing
tools
7. strengthen third county participation
8. develop a shared platform for lessons identified should be continued
9. improve soft skills assessment and testing
10. prioritize hand-over processes
11. create and implement comprehensive communication strategies
12. reinforce the planning phase of crisis management by a technical needs assessment
13. strengthen competence-based learning objectives in current training curricula
14. use the technology local partners should use or will use in training
15. pursue further development of centralized technological capabilities to support field
activities
16. extend deployments wherever possible
17. strengthen lessons learned processes
18. continue fact-finding throughout the mission or operation
19. establish secure communication between EU actors from the very beginning of the
operation.