The Instrument contributing to Stability and Peace (IcSP)

The Instrument contributing to Stability and Peace (IcSP)

The Instrument contributing to Stability and Peace (IcSP)

The Instrument contributing to Stability and Peace (IcSP) is the EU's main instrument supporting security initiatives and peace-building activities in partner countries. It came into force in 2014, replacing the Instrument for Stability (IfS) and several earlier instruments that focused on drugs, landmines, uprooted people, crisis management, rehabilitation and reconstruction.

The IcSP can provide short-term assistance, for example in countries where a crisis is unfolding, or long-term support, notably to mitigate a variety of risks, tackle global and transborder threats, and build capacity for lasting socio-economic development. Its activities complement those of the European Union's geographical instruments.

The scope of the activities associated with global and trans-regional threats and emerging threats is defined in Article 5 of the Regulation establishing the Instrument contributing to Stability and Peace. Article 5 falls under the remit of European Commission Department for International Cooperation and Develpment - EuropeAid. Activities linked to crisis management (Article 3) and peace building (Article 4) are managed by the service for Foreign Policy Instrument (FPI).




Situations of crisis (short term component)

The short-term component aims to prevent conflict, support post-conflict political stabilisation and ensure early recovery after a natural disaster. It can only be triggered in a situation of crisis or emerging crisis, in order to reestablish the conditions necessary to the implementation of the Community's development assistance under other long-term instruments. Activities under this component focus on:

  • Advancing the development of democratic and pluralist state institutions;
  • Supporting international criminal tribunals;
  • Promoting independent and pluralist media;
  • Helping the victims of the illicit use of firearms;
  • Mitigating the impact of anti-personnel landmines on the civilian population.

Stable situations (long term component)

The long-term component aims to assist in addressing global and trans-regional threats and emerging threats.

  • Threats to law and order, to the security and safety of individuals, to critial infrastructures and to public health
    • Fight against organised crime
    • Protection of critical infrastructures
    • Countering terrorism
    • Security and climate change

Protection of critical infrastructure


  • Mitigation of and preparedness against risks, whether of an intentional, accidental or natural origin, related to chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear materials or agents
    • CBRN risk mitigation - Centres of Excellence
    • Bio-safety/bio-security
    • Border management
    • Export control of dual use goods
    • Scientific engagement

Detection of hazardous materials (CBRN)

Who can receive funding?

The following entities are eligible for funding:

  • Bodies of any EU member state, partner country, partner region or other country contributing to the objectives of this instrument
  • European agencies
  • International organisations
  • Joint bodies (partner regions and the Community)
  • Partner countries and regions

In the majority of cases, funding through the long-term component is allocated using the negotiated procedure, a direct award, administrative arrangements or joint/contribution agreements with international organisations. Calls for proposals and calls for tenders are used only in rare circumstances. If they are, the eligibility criteria for individual calls are specified in the related documents.