Policy Dialogue: The European Union as Crisis Manager – Patterns and Prospects, 21 November 2013 by the Swedish Institute of International Affairs

UI DebateUI’s Mark Rhinard, who also serves as Senior Advisor to the European Policy Centre, held a policy dialogue at the European Policy Centre in Brussels the 21 November 2013. Keynote speaker Kristalina Giorgieva, European Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response (DG ECHO), addressed the development of the EU as crisis manager during the past 3 years, and some crises currently dealt with such as Syria and the Philippines. The Panel discussion between Agostino Miozzo, Managing Director for Crisis Response and Operational Coordination at the External Action Service, Helena Lindberg, Director-General of the Swedish Civil Contingency Agency, Florika Fink-Hooijer, Director for Strategy, Policy and International Co-operation at DG ECHO and Erik Windmar, Member of the Cabinet of the European Commissioner for Home Affairs, also addressed the EU’s emerging role as crisis manager both inside and outside of the Union. The speakers agreed that the field of disaster and crisis response is one of the most dynamic areas of EU cooperation.