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Council Decision 2005/395/CFSP of 10 May 2005 amending Decision 2001/80/CFSP on the establishment of the Military Staff of the European Union

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4.Tasks

  • It provides military expertise to the Secretary-General/High Representative and to EU bodies, under the direction of the EUMC;

  • It monitors potential crises by relying on appropriate national and multinational intelligence capabilities;

  • It supplies the Situation Centre with military information and receives its output;

  • It carries out the military aspects of strategic advance planning;

  • It identifies and lists European national and multinational forces for EU-led operations coordinating with NATO;

  • It contributes to the development and preparation (including training and exercises) of national and multinational forces made available by the Member States to the EU. The modalities of the relationship with NATO are defined in the relevant documents;

  • It organises and coordinates the procedures with national and multinational HQs including those NATO HQs available to the EU, ensuring, as far as possible, compatibility with NATO procedures;

  • It contributes to the military aspects of the ESDP dimension of the fight against terrorism;

  • It contributes to the development of concepts, doctrine, plans and procedures for the use of military assets and capabilities for natural or man-made disaster consequence management operations;

  • It programmes, plans, conducts and evaluates the military aspects of the EU's crisis management procedures, including the exercising of EU/NATO procedures;

  • It participates in the financial estimation of operations and exercises;

  • It liaises with the national HQs and the multinational HQs of the multinational forces;

  • It establishes permanent relations with NATO according to ‘EU/NATO Permanent arrangements’;

  • It hosts a NATO Liaison Team at the EUMS and it maintains an EU Cell at SHAPE in accordance with ESDP Presidency Report adopted by the Council on 13 December 2004;

  • It establishes appropriate relations with identified correspondents within the UN as well as other international organisations, including the OSCE and the AU, subject to an agreement from these organisations;

  • It contributes to the necessary comprehensive lessons learned process;

  • Tasks undertaken through the Civ/Mil Cell:

    • It undertakes strategic contingency planning at the initiative of the SG/HR or the PSC;

    • It contributes to the development of a body of doctrine/concepts, learning lessons from civilian/military operations and exercises;

    • It prepares concepts and procedures for the EU Ops Centre and ensures the availability and readiness of the manpower, facilities and equipment of the operations centre for operations, exercises and training;

    • It maintains, updates and replaces the equipment of the EU Ops Centre and maintains the premises.

(a)Additional tasks in crisis management situations

  • It requests and processes specific information from the intelligence organisations and other relevant information from all available sources;

  • It supports the EUMC in its contributions to Initial Planning Guidance and Planning Directives of the PSC;

  • It develops and prioritises military strategic options as the basis for the military advice given by the EUMC to the PSC by:

    • defining initial broad options;

    • drawing, as appropriate, on planning support from external sources which will analyse and further develop these options in more detail;

    • evaluating the results of this more detailed work and commissioning any further work that might be necessary;

    • presenting an overall assessment, with an indication of priorities and recommendations as appropriate, to the EUMC;

  • It identifies in coordination with national planning staffs and, as appropriate, NATO, the forces that might participate in possible EU-led operations;

  • It assists the operation commander in technical exchanges with third countries offering military contributions to an EU-led operation, and in the preparation of the force generation conference;

  • It continues to monitor crisis situations;

  • Tasks undertaken through the Civ/Mil Cell:

    • Upon a request from DG E to DGEUMS, it provides assistance to crisis response political-military strategic planning carried out under the responsibility of DG E (preparation of CMC, joint action …);

    • It contributes to crisis response strategic planning for joint civil/military operations through the development of strategic options as foreseen in crisis management procedures. This planning falls under the direct responsibility of the DGEUMS and the DG E and the overall authority of the SG/HR;

    • Upon a request of DG E to DGEUMS, it provides assistance to crisis response civilian strategic planning carried out under the responsibility of the DG E (preparation of PSO, CSO, etc.).

(b)Additional tasks during operations

  • The EUMS, acting under the direction of the EUMC, continuously monitors all the military aspects of operations. It conducts strategic analysis in liaison with the designated operation commander to support the EUMC in its advisory role to the PSC in charge of the strategic direction;

  • In the light of political and operational developments, it provides new options to the EUMC as a basis for EUMC's military advice to the PSC;

  • It contributes to the key nucleus reinforced, and to further augmentation, as required, of the EU Ops Centre;

  • Tasks undertaken through the Civ/Mil Cell:

    • It provides the permanent key nucleus of the EU Ops Centre;

    • It assists in coordinating civilian operations. Such operations are carried out under DG E authority. It assists with planning, support (including the possible use of military means) and conduct of civilian operations (strategic level remains with DG E).

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