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In Georgia, a first “exploratory” EU mission

(B2) The possible European Union (EU) monitoring mission in Georgia could, in fact, be deployed in two stages. After the meeting of the Political and Security Committee (PSC) on August 26, the option which is currently being studied within the EU Council services would be the sending of a first exploratory “civilian” mission, equipped with fairly light staff. It would mainly consist of strengthening the dozen experts already present from the Council (DG E 8 – Defense -, DG E 9 – Civil Crisis Management -, Sitcen – Situation Center) and the Commission (DG External Relations and Europaid).

The objective would be in particular to assess the situation, to explore future avenues of action – in conjunction with the OSCE – and, if possible, to carry out the first “monitoring” missions. Only in a second step would the EU send a more complete mission, still “civilian” a priori, with possible military elements.

This two-step solution, already tested for the deployment of civilian Defense missions in Indonesia (Aceh) or Kosovo, presents advantages. It first allows the EU – in particular the heads of state and government, meeting at the Summit on September 1 – to show its determination to get involved in resolving the crisis. It circumvents political difficulties, particularly with Russia. Legally, such a mission can in fact be based on a “Memorandum of understanding” (MoU), signed with the host country, and not on a United Nations resolution. It also makes it possible to calibrate the possible reaction and allows time to prepare and recruit additional personnel to be sent. Finally, it has a limited budgetary cost.


Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).

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