The first meetings of IECEU-project external Advisory Board and Ethical Committee were organised during December 2015.

Ethical Committee (EC) meeting was organised 2 December 2015 among external ethical experts. The EC reviews and analyses the IECEU ethical guidelines and ethics issues. Moreover, the EC will provide assessments and recommendations for IECEU Consortium as well as Ethical Approvals. The meeting included fruitful discussions about the key topics of IECEU. Advisory Board (AB) meeting took place 9 December 2015 in Brussels. Advisory Board consists of prominent experts, working in the field of civilian crisis management, peacebuilding, post-conflict stabilisation, policy or humanitarian tasks and in different organisations, such as EEAS, academic institutions, NGOs and others. The miscellaneous expertise of the representatives of the Advisory Board will validate the conceptual framework of the project and its results as well as contribute to the high-level dissemination for all relevant information end-users.

The activities of IECEU are based on co-creative methods, good quality of coordination and support activities such as analysing, dissemination, training sessions, workshops and the final conference. To achieve the set goals, project aims to strengthen cooperation between different actors in the operational context. IECEU recently successfully completed the first package of deliverables, which will provide the consortium with an up-to-date review documents for better understanding of the framework and definitions of the EU external action, civilian and military as well as existing practices in terms of pooling and sharing of capabilities. The deliverables serve as a useful basis for future research, the most important of them is the collaboratively created conceptual framework, which is to be reviewed by the Advisory Board for validity and applicability. The next three working packages are to follow simultaneously, with field visits to three regions planned in spring 2016 in order to analyse the effectiveness of the EU in the Balkans, Africa, Middle East and Asia.