From the outbreak of the Arab Spring to the surprise annexation of Crimea and Russia’s destabilisation of eastern Ukraine, and the waves of refugees arriving from across the Mediterranean, the European Union has often found itself surprised and largely unable to effectively respond to crises on its borders. The EU's new Global Strategy on Foreign and Security Policy places specific emphasis on responsible and decisive crisis response by the Union. But how can the EU as a collective make good on these lofty goals? In this inaugural crisis response policy forum, high-level experts will unpack the EU’s mechanisms and practices to provide new insights that can increase our understanding of how EU crisis response functions, how it is received on the ground in target countries, and how it can be improved.
The seminar is organised in the framework of the ‘EUNPACK’ project, which has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 693337. For more information, see http://www.eunpack.eu. The ideas expressed in the event reflect only the speakers’ views and the European Commission is not responsible for any use that may be made of the information it contains.
Participation in this event is exceptionally free of charge. A sandwich lunch will be served from 12.30 onwards.