The EU as a Power for Peace: Strengthening Mediation Skills

An expert workshop examines Europe’s and Germany’s roles in brokering peace

22/04/2013 | 16:00 - 19:15 | Deutscher Bundestag | Invitation only

Expert Round Table

Category: European Union

Promoting peace and preventing conflict are at the very heart of the European project. At the workshop, mediation experts discussed with German and European delegates, representatives from the European External Action Service (EEAS), and national diplomats the strengths and weaknesses of existing tools and the current allocation of tasks. Also on the agenda: ways of improving the EU’s mediating capacity, for example through the establishment of a European Institute for Peace.

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The workshop was organized by the Alfred von Oppenheim Center for European Policy Studies in conjunction with the European Policy Centre (EPC) on behalf of the Irish presidency of the Council of the European Union, the European Parliament, and the European External Action Service (EEAS). It took place under the auspices of the German Bundestag’s subcommittee on “civil crisis prevention and networked security.” Additional peace mediation workshops are scheduled to take place later this year in Paris, Sofia, and Brussels. The Alfred von Oppenheim Center had already addressed the initiative for a European Institute of Peace in January 2013 as part of its “Brussels Briefing” series, thereby drawing the attention of the German Bundestag to the topic.


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