European Union

State and Societal Resilience

State and Societal Resilience

Building resilience at home and abroad means creating a more responsive union. The EU will strengthen the resilience of states and societies by supporting good governance, accountable institutions, and working closely with civil society. Our support will target in particular the EU’s surrounding regions in the East and the South, spanning from Central Asia to Central Africa. The High Representative and the European Commission launched a Joint Communication on Resilience that aims to further enhance common action on building resilience on the ground. Examples of our work are the EU's engagement in the Sahel Region, where we are helping people in immediate need through humanitarian intervention, while also investing in creating jobs, access to education, health and climate mitigation. We are also supporting private investment in fragile areas with the European External Investment Plan.

Download the join Communication on Resilience PDF here.


The Joint Communication on Resilience will link to other EU work related to resilience, such as:

The New European Consensus on Development, which links resilience to the EU development agenda;

The New European Neighbourhood Policy, which will address the roots of state and societal instability;

The Warsaw EU-NATO Joint Declaration, which references resilience in terms of defence and security capacities.


For some information on the EU's existing work on Resilience:

2012 Communication -The EU Approach to Resilience: Learning from Food Security Crises

Trade, growth and development (2012)

2013 Council conclusions on the EU approach to resilience

2013 European Parliament resolution on the EU approach to resilience and disaster risk reduction in developing countries: learning from food security crises

2013 Commission Staff Working Document on an Action Plan for Resilience in Crisis Prone Countries 2013-2020

2014 Communication on the short term resilience of the European gas system

2015 Joint Communication - A Framework Strategy for a Resilient Energy Union with a Forward-Looking Climate Change Policy

2015 Review of the European Neighbourhood Policy

2016 Communication - Joint Framework on countering hybrid threats a European Union response

2016 Communication  – Lives in dignity: from aid- dependence to self-reliance - Forced Displacement and Development