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The permanent HQ: we are not very far from it if…

La request from the European Parliament for an operational HQ permanent, putting civil and military side by side, is legitimate. From a political, budgetary and operational point of view, it would allow for savings, synergies and rapprochements. We could add that from an administrative point of view, we are not far away. The creation of the diplomatic service, on the one hand, with the bringing together in the same organization chart of the different crisis management instruments (military staff, civil staff Makor CPCC, Directorate of civil-military planning CMPD, SitCen intelligence center …) makes the task easier. The possible relocation of these structures within a single building could facilitate contacts. The possible vacancy of the position at the CMPD, then the departure of the holder of the CPCC (in March) creates a favorable context for such implementation.

Not much would be missing – a few more officers in a low-intensity role – to have the permanent operational military control center and the civil-military HQ, desired by the European Parliament. For a low cost, we would thus have the minimum adequate operating structure for the PeSDC. Should we still want it?

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).