Summary: CivCom advises the political and security committee on civilian aspects of crisis management. It is composed of representatives of EU member states. It is the civilian counterpart to the EUMC in providing inputs into the PSC.
At stake: Integration with this implies wider affiliation with Civilian Planning and Conduct Capability structures (qv), with the duplication risks so associated. Moreover, these deployments are being used as the ‘soft’ forerunner to wider recourse under CSDP to EU military interventions.
What they say: “We need a strong European Union like never before. It is what our citizens deserve and what the wider world expects. The European project which has brought unprecedented peace, prosperity and democracy is being questioned” – EEAS Global Strategy overview, 2018
Exposure: UK affiliation should end with Brexit, but this remains unconfirmed.
Action: Ensure that UK participation is ended, with focus and resources shifted to DfID, CoE and UN agencies.