09.11.2012 - EU delegates visit Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories

Delegates from European Union member states who make up the Committee for Civilian Aspects of Crisis Management (CIVCOM) have been visiting Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory to see how the EUBAM Rafah mission is working and to meet its staff. A meeting took place on 9 November in the Headquarters of EUBAM Rafah in Tel Aviv.
The Head of EUBAM Rafah, Colonel Francesco Bruzzese del Pozzo, welcomed the CIVCOM delegation led by Mika-Markus Leinonen, Director, CIVCOM Chair, European External Action Service (EEAS). The day before, the Delegation met with EUPOL COPPS, the other EU Mission located in the region.
The CIVCOM delegates discussed the EU's role in the region together with EUBAM Rafah, the EU Delegation, the Office of the European Union Representative, as well as some representatives from the Palestinian Authority and the Government of Israel.
The CIVCOM, composed of representatives from the 27 EU member states, is the committee responsible for the planning and implementation of any  Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP)  civilian mission. CIVCOM provides information, drafts recommendations, and gives its opinion to the European Union Political and Security Committee on civilian aspects of crisis management.