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Instrument contributing to Stability and Peace*, preventing conflict around the world


* From March 2014, the Instrument for Stability (IfS) is succeeded by the Instrument contributing to Stability and Peace (IcSP)

The Instrument contributing to Stability and Peace (IcSP) is one of the key external assistance instruments that enable the EU to take a lead in helping to prevent and respond to actual or emerging crises around the world. The FPI, working in close collaboration with other services of the European Commission and the European External Action Service (EEAS), mobilises the IcSP to provide for:

  • Urgent short-term actions in response to situations of crisis or emerging crisis, often complementing EU humanitarian assistance; and
  • Longer-term capacity building of organisations engaged in crisis response and peace-building.

Implementing in the field

On the ground, the implementation of IcSP actions is typically devolved to EU Delegations located in the concerned third countries. In addition to its headquarters-based IcSP team, the FPI has IcSP personnel posted to EU Delegations to provide key support during real-time crises and to oversee implementation of response measures.

Implementing partners for IcSP actions include NGOs, the UN and other international organisations, EU Member State agencies and regional and sub-regional organisations.

On 11 March 2014, the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union adopted the Regulation establishing an Instrument contributing to Stability and Peace (IcSP) which succeeds the Instrument for Stability (IfS).

Part of the EU’s new generation of instruments for financing external action, the IcSP will pursue the same broad political objectives in terms of its focus on crisis response, crisis preparedness and conflict prevention to better contribute to the EU's comprehensive approach to external conflicts and crises.

The crisis response component of the Instrument has broadened, with an increased focus on conflict prevention. The conflict prevention, peace-building and crisis preparedness component provides for better tailoring of longer-term assistance and responses to global and trans-regional threats and emerging threats also provide for assistance in new areas such as cyber-crime, all forms of illicit trafficking and counter-terrorism.

The IcSP will play its part, in line with the EU's political commitment to pursue conflict prevention and build peace as one of the main objectives of EU external relations.

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