Support to NL-Slovakia to support the EU in the development of an integrated EU SSR policy framework

01/07/2015 - 30/06/2016

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Within the framework of the revision process of the EU SSR policy, the aim of this mandate was to support the Netherlands and Slovakia to organise a series of workshops and seminars together with the EU institutions (the European External Action Service, the Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development, and the Directorate-General for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations).These consultations were used to allow an exchange of views on SSR, the main challenges and current trends around the world and across organisations.

ISSAT provided:

  • Expert advice to the content development of the meetings;
  • Expert advice and input to the meetings, either through facilitating panels or as speakers;
  • Support to the development of concept notes for the events;
  • Support to the development of outcome documents, used to feed in the EU reflection on the new policy.

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Mandate outputs / products

  • Concept Notes for seminars/workshops;
  • Outcome Documents.

Outcome objectives of mandate

The EU currently has two policy documents targeting separately EU Commission activities and Council missions. As a follow-up to the May Foreign Affairs Council and the June European Council, the services were encouraged to develop an EU wide strategic SSR framework in consultation with Member States. Based on this, a process has began in order to ensure more coherence within the EU engagement in, and support for, SSR.

As part of, and preparation for, their 2016 Presidencies of the EU, Slovakia and the Netherlands worked together to help prepare the ground for this process (EU wide strategic SSR framework) through the organisation of consultations with various stakeholders. ISSAT was requested to support the Netherlands and Slovakia in this process.

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