You are here

The EU's civilian headquarters

Inside the control room of civilian crisis management
Download document

Since its inception in 2007, the Civilian Planning and Conduct Capability (CPCC) has played a pivotal role in the evolution of the EU as a global security provider. This Chaillot Paper charts the development of the CPCC over the past 15 years, showing how the EU civilian HQ has adapted to cope with a growing demand for civilian CSDP deployments arising from the new challenges of a multipolar world.

Drawing on the knowledge, expertise and institutional memory of seasoned civilian planners and policymakers who are intimately familiar with the inner workings of the CPCC, the volume examines why the EU has sought to equip itself with an operations headquarters for civilian CSDP in the first place, and how it has worked in practice. It also explores what future lies ahead for the HQ, considering current geopolitical shocks and transformations, while taking into account the higher level of ambition set by the Civilian CSDP Compact and the Strategic Compass.