Estonia will join the European Centre of Excellence (CoE) for Civilian Crisis Management, to be created by Germany with the aim of providing advice to member states of the European Union, the European External Action Service and NATO in planning and conducting civilian missions.
According to Foreign Minister Reinsalu, Estonia considers the improved preparation, justification and implementation of civilian missions important. “The objective of the CoE would be to monitor the missions already underway, which would improve their operations and would make it possible to learn from experience,” Reinsalu said. “Estonia also wishes our experts to be prepared and well-trained for their missions,” the Foreign Minister said.
Germany has sent an invitation to all member states of the European Union and NATO to sign a declaration of intent for founding the CoE.
Early next year, all signatory countries will meet in Berlin to discuss and decide the final structure and tasks of the future CoE. The final founding document resulting from the agreements made at the meeting is planned to be signed in March 2020.
Germany will cover the administrative and permanent staff costs. The budget of the CoE will be covered from membership fees and voluntary contributions. The planned membership fee is €20 000.
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