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Subject:CIVILnEXt: New H2020 project to develop the next generation of information systems for EU external policies

eBOS Technologies is glad to announce that CIVILnEXT, an innovative project aiming to develop an Operation Control Platform to support the execution of civilian CSDP missions, has secured funding from the European Union under the Horizon 2020 programme.
eBOS takes part in the international consortium whose coordinated efforts will produce a new solution to support the management of information and resources critical to decision-making, planning, optimization and deployment of capabilities within Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) civilian missions.

CIVILnEXt’s ambition: increase the efficiency, visibility and impact of CSDP missions

Every year, the European Union undertakes overseas operations, using civilian and military instruments in countries in three continents (Europe, Africa and Asia). Each mission involves resources and actors of different nature. Therefore, communication, information-sharing, joint reporting, analysis and response planning between all involved actors (Member States, EU delegations, Commission services, EU Special Representatives, regional and international organizations, etc.)  are critical success factors. To this end, innovative and comprehensive information systems are necessary to avoid information fragmentation and communication gaps.

Over three years, CIVILnEXt will develop, test and validate in operational scenarios a cost-effective and interoperable Operation Control Platform (OCP). The CIVILnEXt OCP will provide a broad set of functionalities and integrated tools, some of which to be developed in the form of apps, and incorporate specialized optimization algorithms. It will facilitate information exchange and support situational awareness and operation control in diverse and challenging theaters of operation, thus contributing to increase the efficiency, visibility and impact of the missions.

CIVILnEXt’s consortium: a strong multidisciplinary team 

CIVILnEXt engages the participation of 14 organizations from 9 countries:

National Member State authorities from Cyprus (Ministry of Foreign Affairs), Greece (Ministry of National Defense, Ministry of Interior) and Spain (Ministry of Interior)
The International Organization for Migration (IOM), Switzerland
The European Union Satellite Centre
Research organizations and academia: National Center for Scientific Excellence ‘Demokritos’ (Coordinator of the project, Greece), Istituto Affari Internazionali (Italy), Centre for European Perspective (Slovenia), Sheffield Hallam University (UK), European Center for Development Policy Management (Netherlands) and Rheinische Fachhochschule Koln (Germany)
Industrial actors and SMEs: ATOS Spain and eBOS Technologies.