Organised by the European Defence Agency and the EU Military Staff, the event will gather representatives from capability and planning units and subject-matter experts to promote future developments in this domain.
Being able to provide medical support to EU personnel deployed around the world as part of Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) missions is critical to the success of those operations. But the challenges are plentiful: how to finance this medical support? How to implement it in a EU framework? What are the best ways to provide emergency response in a difficult environment? Which emerging diseases need to be watched and what should be done to efficiently tackle them in the field? How to implement a static organism at EU level to deal with the capability development for medical support?
Those issues and many others will be addressed over the course of a two-day symposium organised jointly by the European Defence Agency and the EU Military Staff (EUMS), to be held at the Belgian Royal Military Academy in Brussels on 15-16 October 2014. It will be attended by subject-matter experts from EDA, EUMS as well as many other key actors of CSDP medical support, and it is open to all professionals and industry representatives working on the topic.
The European Defence Agency is already active in the medical support field, mainly through an ongoing initiative that has been joined by 16 Member States so far. Initiated in 2011 and led by Italy, the Multinational Modular Medical Units project aims to develop a state-of-the-art deployable field hospital that should become available to CSDP operations. It is designed to be used in a wide a range of missions, from peacekeeping to humanitarian relief and coercive operations.