Feasibility Study on a European Civil Peace Corps
The overall objective of the study is to provide the services of the European Commission with an analysis of the feasibility of the establishment of an ECPC, and bearing in mind that the Commission may have to develop, at a later stage, a proposal for the implementation of an EVHAC establishing the framework for joint contributions from young Europeans to the humanitarian actions of the Union, as provided for in article III-321.5 of the Constitutional Treaty.
The specific objective of this study is the feasibility of the creation of mechanisms to mobilize civilian volunteers for a broad range of activities in third countries : civilian crisis management, conflict prevention, post conflict peace building, rehabilitation, and development. In the basis of a review of the existing structures (EU structures, Members States, Red Cross, NGO, others….), the study shall determine whether, under which conditions, and for which type of interventions, the establishment of new EU structure(s) would be justified.
For such purpose, the study shall determine the added value of the creation of a new EU structure in addition to those already existing, the complementarity and impact of a said new structure with current EU instruments and funding sources.
The study shall also take into account the recent Commission proposals on the financial perspectives 2007-2013 on new instruments to be created in the external relations area as well as the role of the Council in ESDP (European Security and Defence Policy) and crisis management.
The final beneficiaries that could be positively affected by the results of the study would be populations, organisations and governments in countries in crisis. An improvement in the delivery EC assistance in the field of civilian crisis management, conflict prevention, post conflict peace building, rehabilitation, and development would be of direct or indirect benefit to these beneficiaries.