PESCO SECRETARIAT

Under the responsibility of the High Representative, also in his or her capacity as the Head of the European Defence Agency (EDA), the European External Action Service (EEAS), including the EU Military Staff (EUMS), and the EDA jointly provide the necessary secretariat functions for PESCO other than at the level of the Council, and in this regard a single point of contact.

The EEAS, including the EUMS, supports the functioning of PESCO in particular by:

(a) contributing to the High Representative’s assessment, in his or her annual report on PESCO, of participating Member States’ contributions with regard to operational aspects;

(b) coordinating the assessment of project proposals, notably in the areas of availability, interoperability, flexibility and deployability of forces. In particular, the EEAS, including the EUMS, assess proposed projects’ compliance with, and their contribution to, operational needs.

The EDA, for its part, supports PESCO in particular by:

(a) contributing to the High Representative’s assessment, in his or her annual report on PESCO, of participating Member States’ contributions with regard to capabilities, in particular contributions made in accordance with the more binding commitments;

(b) facilitating capability development projects, in particular coordinating the assessment of projects proposals, notably in the area of capability development. In particular, EDA shall support Member States in ensuring that there is no unnecessary duplication with existing initiatives also in other institutional contexts.

 

PESCO Common Workspace

The PESCO Secretariat has also set up a PESCO Common Workspace, in the form of a web-based tool web-based tool, to support participating Member States in sharing information on PESCO projects and project proposals. Based on the EDA’s Collaborative Database (CODABA), the workspace is a user-friendly software which enables easy contributions from Member States and provides a collaborative platform for information exchange.
On the one hand, it allows PESCO participating Member States to publish their own projects and project proposals, and to express interest in those of other Member States, thus promoting cooperation. On the other hand, it provides the assessment of project proposals and NIPs carried out by the PESCO Secretariat.
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