Ireland took an active role in leading a cluster discussion on career path development, with a focus on freelancers in civilian CSDP missions. With the support of DCAF – Geneva Centre for Security Sector Governance and, more specifically, its International Security Sector Advisory Team (ISSAT), representatives from 17 EUMS and several EU services, as well as the European Centre of Excellence for Civilian Crisis Management joined the discussion to unpack the key challenges and opportunities of seconding and build career path of freelancers. In parallel, DCAF-ISSAT carried out individual interviews with seconding states and active/-former freelancers in CSDP missions.
The analysis of the information collected is summarized in this report. Its aim is to highlight what works among the EUMS and show some of the good practices that may inspire others to improve the number and quality of freelancers deployed to civilian CSDP missions.