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Instrument for Stability (IfS)

The Instrument for Stability (IfS) is a strategic tool designed to address a number of global security and development challenges in complement to geographic instruments. In force since 1 January 2007, it replaces several instruments in the fields of drugs, mines, uprooted people, crisis management, rehabilitation and reconstruction.

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Opening of the Middle East Secretariat of the EU CBRN CoE 

Opening of the Middle East Secretariat of the EU CBRN CoE

Amman/Brussels, 25/26 June 2013. The Middle East Regional Secretariat of the EU Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) Risk Mitigation Centres of Excellence (CoE) initiative was inaugurated in Amman. Representatives from the Jordanian government, EU member states and several regional partners attended the inauguration ceremony at the premises of the Middle East Scientific Institute for Security at the Royal Scientific Society.


Release of Cocaine Route Programme Review pdf - 3 MB [3 MB] español (es) français (fr)  

Release of Cocaine Route Programme Review

A Mid-Term Review of the Cocaine Route Programme and its eight individual projects was conducted in November 2012 and completed in June 2013. The review aims to provide decision makers in the European Commission, other EU institutions and the wider public, with information to assess the programme's performance against its original objectives and to highlight key lessons and suggest recommendations for follow-up actions throughout the remainder of the Cocaine Route Programme.

A copy of the review is available here pdf - 360 KB [360 KB] español (es) français (fr)

EU supports establishment of Regional Bio-safety and Bio-security Training Centre in Tajikistan 

EU supports establishment of Regional Bio-safety and Bio-security Training Centre in Tajikistan

Dushanbe/Brussels. On 25 June 2013, a newly created bio-safety and bio-security training centre in Dushanbe was opened at the Institute of Botany of the Tajikistan Academy of Sciences. The centre, the first for bio-safety and bio-security training in the country, is the main result of a project funded by the EU (“Creation of Regional Biosafety Training Centre in Dushanbe for Capacity Building for Tajikistan and Afghanistan Professionals”, ISTC, Budget: EUR 900.000,00).


Cocaine Route Conference - How to improve responses to organised crime and drug trafficking along the Cocaine Route

Cocaine Route Conference - How to improve responses to organised crime and drug trafficking along the Cocaine RouteRome, 28-30 May 2013 – More than 180 policy makers, practitioners and leading experts were convened  in Rome to critically evaluate the European Commission’s “Cocaine Route Programme”. The conference was organised by the European Commission and the European External Action Service in cooperation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Italy and the South Africa based Institute for Security Studies and featured a keynote speech from former President Obasanjo from Nigeria, Chair of the West African Commission on Drugs.


International Export Control Cooperation and Outreach Dialogue took place in Brussels 

EU - US export control conference

Brussels, 17-19 June 2013 – Representatives from 34 countries and administrative regions, as well as experts from industry and nongovernmental organizations, came together the last three days to discuss how countries can reduce the threat of global proliferation of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) through cooperation to strengthen strategic trade controls.


First meeting of the Centres of Excellence Initiative

Brussels, 15/16 May 2013 – During their first meeting in the frame of the Centres of Excellence (CoE) Initiative, the new Heads of Regional Secretariats met in Brussels to get to know each other, to discuss regional priorities and to set up a programme for the future.


Opening of the Regional Secretariat for the African Atlantic Façade

Brussels/Rabat. On 19 March 2013, representatives of the European Union, the Kingdom of Morocco, the United Nations and a dozen partner countries united in Rabat to inaugurate the Regional Secretariat for the African Atlantic Façade (AAF) in Rabat within the frame of the Centres of Excellence (CoE) Initiative of the European Union.


The EuropeAid Days brought together members of each EU Delegation in Brussels to discuss wide-ranging EU Development policy and strategy pdf - 2 MB [2 MB]

Brussels, 22 March 2013 – Between 4 and 8 February 2013, the EuropeAid Days brought together members of each EU Delegation in Brussels to discuss wide-ranging EU Development policy and strategy. Eddie MAIER, vice Head of DG Development and Cooperation’s unit dealing with the Instrument for Nuclear Safety (INSC) presented to the 200-strong audience, including Heads of Delegations, the way the EU has been working to raise nuclear safety standards in third countries since 2007.

Presentation on the work of the Instrument for Nuclear Safety (INSC) – Eddie MAIER – Instrument for Stability, Nuclear Safety Unit.  pdf - 2 MB [2 MB]

For more information

Website of DG Development and Cooperation – EuropeAid :
Website of the EU Development Commissioner Andris Piebalgs :
Website of the Instrument for Stability – long-term component :
Website of the Nuclear Safety Co-operation Instrument :


The EU steps up its response to fight money laundering and drug trafficking in West Africa

The European Union has launched a new project which will contribute to the fight against money laundering in Ghana, Nigeria, Senegal and Cape Verde. The project will help law enforcement agencies to better investigate money laundering, and thereby fight organized crime. At the same time, it will increase regional cooperation among these countries which are part of the "Cocaine route", i.e. the route used by South American drug cartels to ship drugs into Europe.


Countering risks of hazardous materials: Gulf Cooperation Council Countries are invited to join international network

Abu Dhabi, 23 January, 2013 – The EU invited the Gulf Cooperation Council countries to participate in an international network to prepare for and counter risks resulting from hazardous materials. This invitation was extended during a conference held on 22 January 2013 in Abu Dhabi. The conference was co-hosted by the United Arab Emirates and the European Commission.


New EU initiative to combat piracy in the Gulf of Guinea

Brussels, 10 January 2013 - A new project that will boost security and the safety of maritime routes across seven African countries in the Gulf of Guinea was announced today by the European Union. The Critical Maritime Routes in the Gulf of Guinea (CRIMGO) Programme will help governments across West and Central Africa to improve the safety of the main shipping routes by providing training for coastguards and establishing a network to share information between countries and agencies across the region.


EU workshop on countering violent extremism

On 26 and 27 November 2012, a two-day expert workshop on countering violent extremism was organised to explore how the EU can better support third countries in their efforts to address the problems of violent extremism, radicalisation and recruitment to terrorism.


CBRN Centres of Excellence (CoE) conference defining roles of partners for better coordination and cooperation on risks and threats to start today

Brussels, 14 May, 2012 – A two-day kick-off conference of the worldwide Centres of Excellence (CoE) initiative, promoting a higher level of security in the chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) domains, has started today in Brussels. The high-level conference is organised by the European Commission (Directorate-General for Development and Cooperation, EC Joint Research Center and European External Action Service) and represents the first and essential step on the path to a better coordination and cooperation between EU institutions and with EU partners.

Read press release pdf - 37 KB [37 KB]


What does it cover?

The instrument has two components: one short-term (managed by Directorate General External Relations) and the other long-term (priorities 1 and 2 managed by EuropeAid, priority 3 managed by DG RELEX).

The short-term component (‘Crisis response and preparedness’) aims to prevent conflict, support post-conflict political stabilisation and to ensure early recovery after a natural disaster. It can only be triggered in a situation of crisis or emerging crisis, in order to re-establish the conditions necessary to the implementation of the Community's development assistance under other long-term instruments.

Activities under this component include: support for the development of democratic and pluralistic state institutions, support for international criminal tribunals, promotion of independent and pluralist media, aid for the victims of the illicit use of firearms and support to relieve the impact on the civilian population of anti-personnel landmines.

In the context of stable conditions for the implementation of EU co-operation policies in third countries, for the long-term component, three mainpriorities have been identified:

  • fighting and protecting against the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction,
  • strengthening response capacities of non-EU member countries to cross-border threats such as terrorism and organized crime, including the illicit trafficking of weapons, drugs and human beings,
  • enhancing pre- and post-crisis preparedness capacity building.

How much money is available?

The IfS has a budget of € 2.062 billion for 2007-2013, allocated as follows:

  • short-term component: €1,487 million (72% of the total)
  • long-term component: €484 million (23% of the total)

The remaining funds are allocated for administrative expenses.

This allocation reflects the intention that the IfS should primarily be an instrument for crisis response, and that long-term measures under this Instrument should not be a substitute for those that could be more effectively delivered under country or regional strategies funded from the main geographic financing instruments (like EDF, DCI and ENPI).

Measures may be co-financed by Member States, other donor countries, international and regional organisations, companies, firms, other private organisations and businesses, other non-state actors, partner countries and regions in receipt of funding, and other bodies eligible for funding.

Whilst the assistance provided through the short-term component cannot be programmed, the assistance provided in the context of stable conditions for cooperation is programmed in a Strategy Paper pdf - 160 KB [160 KB]  covering the period 2012-2013 and an Indicative Programme pdf - 353 KB [353 KB]  covering the period 2012-2013.

Who is eligible for funding?

The entities which are eligible for funding are:

  • partner countries and regions,
  • joint bodies (partner regions and the Community),
  • international organisations,
  • European agencies,
  • bodies of any Member State, partner country, partner region or any other country contributing to the objectives of this instrument.

In the majority of cases the funding for the Instrument for Stability, long term component, is allocated using the negotiated procedure, direct award, administrative arrangements or joint/contribution agreements with International Organisations. Calls for proposals will be used only in rare circumstances. In case of call for proposals and tenders: each of them will specify in related documents the eligibility criteria for that specific call or tender.

Last update: 08/05/2014 | Top