Instrument contributing to Stability and Peace (IcSP)

Instrument contributing to Stability and Peace (IcSP)

The Instrument contributing to Peace and Stability (IcSP) provides direct support for the Union's external policies by increasing the efficiency and coherence of the Union's actions in the areas of crisis response, conflict prevention, peace-building and crisis preparedness, and in addressing global and trans-regional threats.


The IcSP is a key instrument of the EU to help prevent and respond to crises and create a safe and stable environment. It has been re-named from its earlier title 'Instrument for Stability' and streamlined to better contribute to a comprehensive EU approach to conflict prevention and peace-building, crisis response and security threats. Its specific objectives are to:

  • Provide a swift crisis-response in political conflicts and when natural disasters occur, complementing humanitarian relief and interventions of the Common Foreign and Security Policy and the European Security and defence Policy.

  • Enhance the EU capacity for crisis-preparedness, conflict prevention and peace building in cooperation with international, regional and civil society organizations and Member States.

  • Build capacity to address global and trans-regional security threats, including – for the first time – dealing with security issues related to climate change. Special actions will be supported o counter terrorism. Activities will continue in the fights against piracy, organised crime and to promote aviation and security. The EU shall respond via a regional approach. Efforts to fight terrorism could be done on a national basis.

Where assistance for conflict prevention, peace-building and crisis-preparedness as well as the assistance to address global and trans-regional threats and emerging threats have their general basis in thematic strategy papers and the accompanying multiannual indicative programmes, the assistance to respond to crisis situations or emerging crises is organised in a more flexible way. This flexibility has even been improved under the new instrument by expanding the maximum length of crisis response measures up to a maximum of 30 months and the deployment of a second Exceptional Assistance Measure in cases of protracted conflict to build on the results of a previous one.

The European Commission shall ensure that the measures adopted in relation to the fight against terrorism and organised crime are implemented in accordance with international law, including international humanitarian law.


A financial envelope for the IfSP of €2 338 719 000  is foreseen for the period 2014-2020.


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