European Commitment in Crisis Management : a Case of Military Situation

Two years after having assessed in Helsinki their global objective of approaching the autonomous management of crises within the particular framework of the Petersberg missions, the Fifteen are getting closer to the moment of truth. They have, with a fast pace, inventoried the necessary capacities, the available means and the projects which should be developed in order to fill the deficiencies of the apparatus their forces have built little by little ; they have been able to declare themselves operational without too many reservations, all the more so that they now dispose of the minimal structures required to conduct action. The tragic events of September 11th have made them realize both their dependency towards the American means in the Atlantic Alliance, and the necessity of filling their share in the common security “allotment”. It is doubtless that the year 2002 will confirm this perspective. – Summary AFRI-2002