Didier Reynders satisfied with the new Belgian Civilian Crisis Management Strategy

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders is satisfied with the new Belgian Civilian Crisis Management Strategy approved by the cabinet this morning. The strategy describes Belgium's vision, priorities and ambitions related to civilian crisis management. Our country uses civilian crisis management to contribute to the efforts of the international community in preventing or dealing with foreign crises by means of non-military actions. The new strategy replaces the previous strategy dating from 2012, which has been modified to reflect the changes in the international context.
 
The international security environment increasingly determines the level of Belgian security as well. With worldwide globalisation, states and their governments are now experiencing that "internal affairs can only exist in combination with external affairs" and vice versa. Cross-border organized criminality and the risk of terrorism on European soil linked to instability and conflicts beyond Europe are just a small illustration of this interdependence. Civilian Crisis Management is a key tool with which Belgium can react to such complex threats.
 
The Civilian Crisis Management Strategy determines the framework within which those involved in Belgian civil security, such as the police, judicial and customs authorities, collaborate to carry out civilian crisis management. The FPS Foreign Affairs coordinates the Belgian efforts and forms the link between international questions and needs and those involved on a national scale with the expertise to respond to those needs. Efforts in civilian crisis management are preferably taken on a multilateral scale and mainly, but not exclusively, within the framework of the EU's Common Security and Defence policy.
 
Belgium is particularly involved in civilian crisis management in the Sahel region. Indeed, ever since the beginning of the EU mission EUCAP Sahel Niger in 2012, our country has been making an active contribution to the capacity development of Nigerien security services e.g. with the provision of judicial and police experts. Belgium has also been involved in the EUCAP mission in Mali since it started in 2014, and 9 experts are currently present. Other important missions in which Belgium has participated are the EU Police Mission (EUPOL) in Afghanistan, the EU Police and Security Missions (EUPOL, EUSEC) in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the EU Border Assistance Mission (EUBAM) in Libya, the EU Police Mission (EUPM) in Bosnia and the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH).
 
For more information related to civilian crisis management click on the following links in French or Dutch.