The EU’s new approach to funding peace and security [EU Legislation in Progress]

Written by Patryk Pawlak (1st edition),
Graphic by Christian Dietrich,

red text Military Training under the piece of torn paper

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The link between security, peace and development is recognised by both security and development communities. However, the practical implications of this nexus still pose challenges – especially in the light of a rapidly evolving security environment. While the EU’s assistance for peace and security comes in different forms – for instance through budgetary support or under common security and defence policy – the existing rules of financing under the EU budget exclude activities aimed at enhancing cooperation with the defence sector and the military in third countries.

The proposed amendment to Regulation (EU) No 230/2014 of 11 March 2014 aims to remedy this situation by creating the conditions to allow EU budgetary support for capacity-building programmes in third countries aimed at training and mentoring, the provision of non-lethal equipment and assistance with infrastructure improvements, and help with strengthening the capacity of military actors in order to contribute to the achievement of peaceful and inclusive societies and sustainable development.


Stage: Commission's proposal

Capacity building in the EU's missions and operations

Capacity building in the EU’s missions and operations

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