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Europe of defence, poor relation of the diplomatic service budget

(BRUSSELS2) Among the new posts created in the new diplomatic service, very few, if any, will be devoted to crisis management. And even in the attributions fixed for the advisers recruited in the embassies of the EU (1), only one to our knowledge has in his "portfolio" to take care of questions of security (and even this is under the protection consular). This is worrying when everyone recognizes the need to provide the European Union with a global vision, including security, and to have a dual dimension, civilian and military, for this policy.

Directorates responsible for managing these issues within the EU remain understaffed. The military staff has about 200 people, the civilian staff (CPCC) is around 70. As for the civil-military planning unit (CMPD), set up in 2009, it comes to same number but has not yet completed its recruitment. Crisis management, a priority did you say?

(1) Read: Open positions in EU embassies

(Nicolas Gros-Verheyde)

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).