The European Union for Secondary Schools’ Pilot Course (Train the Trainer), Brussels

20-23 June 2022, Brussels

Group photo with the course participants

The European Security and Defence College (ESDC) had the honour of co-organising together with the European Citizens Association a pilot version of the course ‘The European Union for Secondary Schools’.  The course was successfully held in Brussels from 20 to 23 June 2022, with active participation and excellent outcomes. The aim of the course was to support our military secondary school teachers and military instructors and familiarise them with the European Union and its history, strategies and values. The course focused on knowledge and skills but also highlighted the attitudes that we expect our experienced trainers and teachers to take away with them in order to continue promoting EU values and creating an even stronger common security and defence culture.  The first day of the course focused on international security competition and influences on EU security.  The second day of the course focused on the EU and its governance, EU core values and the Lisbon Treaty, with a specific focus on the Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) and the role of the EU Military Committee.  The third day focused on CSDP, in particular on the crisis management structures, chain of command and decision making and shaping, the EU Global Strategy and the EU’s strategic autonomy.  The fourth and last day of the course focused on the military officer of the future in EU Member States and on the future of CSDP.  We would like to thank all the keynote speakers for their excellent contributions and input, and for the very high quality of their speeches and lectures.  The content of the presentations and the extremely relevant topics triggered thought-provoking and rewarding discussions between the participants and the experts.  We would also like to thank all 14 participants for their confidence in the ESDC, and we will do our utmost to continue providing high-quality training.

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    The European Citizens Association, which is not for profit, aims to safeguard and promote the European Union’s fundamental values and to increase citizens’ resilience to information manipulation. From its very first day of creation the association had a pan European and multidiscipline character as its 13 founding members come from 10 different Member States having different professional and academic background. Some of us are actors of the European Union (EU) policies from professional background. All of us, in our individual capacities, are convinced that wealth and peace in our countries and on our continent can only be enhanced through greater integration of our societies and nations. All of us share the same passion to make our Union and societies better and more integrated.