The OCP user landscape

The civilian CSDP missions are established by a decision-making process at the policy level of the EU (the top pyramid), and implemented through a planning and control process at the EEAS (the upper EEAS pyramid), and executed in the form of CPCC-led mission organisations (the lower pyramid).

The mission organisations connect at the Civilian Operations Command. The operational chain of command runs from the Civilian Operation Command in Brussel to the Head of Mission (HoM) at field level, and onwards through field offices to executive teams and officers.

Each mission has a multitude of connections to EEAS partners at the operational level for information sharing and joint decision making (e.g. EU delegates, watch-keepers). Also, there will be many connections to local actors (local government, local NGO’s) and external parties such as internationally operating NGO’s (e.g. Red Cross, MSF) and operational agencies of the UN.

The primary users for the OCP are in the middle lower pyramid: the civilian CSDP mission organisation. Surrounding parties, including those from the EEAS, are not part of the core user group. The OCP may accommodate connections to those groups (e.g. shared information spaces, information dissemination), but they are not primary users.