Highlights from this edition:
- In complex regional conflicts such as the Middle East, EUSRs can play an important role in harnessing and orchestrating a range of EU instruments in support of a peace process, including military and civilian, development, humanitarian and diplomatic components
- EUSRs can also contribute to internal consensus-building among Member States on EU foreign policy towards strategic regions
- While mediation may not appear explicitly in all EUSRs' formal mandates, mediation as a practice is critical across many of their tasks. An explicit mention in mandates can enable the provision of more focused support in this area.
- For EU foreign policy to be effective and coherent, it is crucial that its Envoys base their work on a solid understanding of EU institutional parameters, policies and approaches. This requires systematic inductions, tailored support during the mandate, and post-mandate debriefings.
This effort forms part of mediatEUr’s wider work on developing building blocks for a European Institute of Peace, funded by the Swedish and Finnish Ministries of Foreign Affairs. The aim of this project is to assist the creation of a framework for a European Institute of Peace (EIP). One of the building blocks of a future EIP can be precisely this type of knowledge gathering and management from EU mediators’ experiences.