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Conflict-sensitive approaches to the crises in Kosovo/Serbia and Libya

CEPS Conference Room
Place du Congrès 1 - 1000 Brussels

Participation in this event is free of charge.

CEPS Event

Conflict-sensitive approaches to the crises in Kosovo/Serbia and Libya


Second Crisis Response Policy Forum

The purpose of this seminar is to present and discuss the findings of two papers produced in the EUNPACK project.

The first paper maps the development of the EU’s crisis management throughout the various stages of the Kosovo-Serbia crisis. It offers useful explanations of how the approach stabilised both on the level of local arrangements (e.g. the Mitrovica bridge regime) and on the level of EU-based instruments, such as the EEAS-based dialogue format on ‘normalisation’ of relations or funding for various aid programmes. In light of recent instances of destabilisation in Kosovo and the wider Western Balkans region, the question is how resilient the EU’s crisis response mechanisms are.

The second paper explores how the EU has reacted so far to the protracted and continuously evolving security crisis in Libya. The focus here is on both the input and output level, i.e. the EU decision-making processes on policy objectives and the adoption of strategies to move the needle in the conflict. As such, this case study examines the interactions between the European Neighbourhood Policy and EU crisis management.

The aim of the discussion is to tease out lessons and best practices of the EU’s supposedly ‘comprehensive approach’ to conflict and crisis mechanisms.

The EUNPACK project (‘Good intentions, mixed results – A conflict sensitive unpacking of the EU comprehensive approach to conflict and crisis mechanisms’) has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement no.: 693337.

Participation in this meeting is free of charge. Registration & sandwich lunch from 12.30 – Meeting from 13.15 to 14.30

Toby Vogel
Toby Vogel

Speakers list
Jozef Bátora

Comenius University, Bratislava

Chiara Loschi

IRMC, Tunis

Ben Crampton

Chief of Staff, EU Special Representative for the Horn of Africa, European External Action Service

Annemie Cumps

European External Action Service (tbc)