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European Commission

Press release

Brussels, 29 July 2013

EU’s Instrument for Stability:  a key contributor in EU responses to international conflicts and crises in 2012

The European Commission adopted a report on the activities undertaken in 2012 under the Instrument for Stability (IfS), one of the key European Union instruments for external assistance. This (sixth) annual report[1] demonstrates the wide range of contributions that the mobilisation of EUR 286 million of IfS funds in 2012 has made to the EU’s work in helping prevent conflicts and responding to crises and security and other threats worldwide.

Response to conflicts and crises around the world

With new and ongoing actions in over 50 countries, the EU has been using the IfS to respond rapidly to many unfolding events around the world. In response to the Syrian crisis, a substantial regional support programme was put in place to help the affected population groups in Syria and the surrounding countries. In Asia, assistance was given to set up a Peace Centre in Burma/Myanmar which serves as a focal point for the country’s evolving peace process. In North Africa, IfS support is helping Libya, Niger, Mali and other countries to deal with some of the many security and other challenges that the Sahara and Sahel regions are confronted with.

Building the capacities of ‘peacebuilders’

The IfS also pursues a strategy of capacity building. Cumulative efforts to date have enabled the EU to now have stronger partnerships with key peacebuilding players in various international and regional organisations and among civil society. These capacity building efforts have focused on early warning systems, conflict prevention, crisis preparedness and peace-building.

Trans-regional threats and CBRN risks

Among the new areas that the IfS addressed in 2012 as part of efforts to tackle global and trans-regional threats to peace and security are cybercrime / cyber security and the fight against the illicit market of falsified medicines. Programmes were devised to support capacity building for preventing and combating terrorism in priority regions. There was a continuing focus on capacity-building of law enforcement and judicial and civil authorities involved in the effective control of illegal trade and transit and also on building capacities for the protection of critical infrastructure (including maritime routes). Chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) programmes helped mitigate risks related to accidental, natural or malevolent CBRN issues and aimed at improving safety and security culture by spreading best practices and raising the general level of security and safety awareness.

Full details on all newly launched and ongoing IfS actions in 2012 can be found in the detailed annexes to the annual report.

More information:

Annual report from the European Commission on the Instrument for Stability in 2012

Commission Staff Working Document - Volume 1

Commission Staff Working Document - Volume 2

Commission Staff Working Document - Volume 3

Useful links:

Contacts :

Maja Kocijancic (+32 2 298 65 70)

Michael Mann (+32 2 299 97 80)

Sebastien Brabant (+32 2 298 64 33)

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1] Instrument for Stability 2012 Annual Report to the European Parliament, the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions

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