European Peacebuilding Liaison Office

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European Peacebuilding Liaison Office
Civil society organisation
Founded 2001 (2001)
Headquarters Brussels, Belgium

European Peacebuilding Liaison Office (EPLO) is the independent civil society platform of European NGOs, NGO networks and think tanks which are committed to peacebuilding, and the prevention of violent conflict.[1]

Mission statement[edit]

The organisation's mission is: 'to influence the European Union to be more active and more effective at promoting peace and preventing violent conflict throughout the world' .[2]

Policy Objectives[edit]

Its policy objectives are:[3]

  1. To ensure that conflict prevention and peacebuilding are prominent within the policies and structures of EU external affairs.
  2. To secure increased resources for conflict prevention and peacebuilding.
  3. To integrate peacebuilding into EU development policy, programmes and approaches.
  4. To promote the inclusion of a meaningful gender perspective.
  5. To promote peacebuilding in EU response to specific conflicts.
  6. To ensure conflict sensitivity is included in the EU’s trade policy and in EIB lending.


EPLO aims to realise its mission by channelling civil society analysis into EU policy-making.[4] Its activities include:

Policy areas[edit]

Academic Friends of EPLO[edit]

Academic Friends of EPLO is an informal network of academics working on peacebuilding and conflict issues, and/or the role of the EU in peacebuilding worldwide. The purpose of the network is to connect practitioners and advocates seeking to influence the EU to make it more effective at peacebuilding with academics carrying out research on the EU and conflict.

Civil Society Dialogue Network (CSDN)[edit]

The Civil Society Dialogue Network (CSDN) is a three-year project funded by the European Union, to facilitate dialogue on peacebuilding issues between civil society and EU policy-makers. It was launched in July 2010.[12]

The CSDN aims to contribute to strengthening international and regional capacity for conflict prevention and post-conflict co-operation. EPLO organises CSDN meetings which are open to all interested civil society actors and take place in Brussels, member states of the European Union and conflict-affected countries with EU presence.

The CSDN discusses policy, strategy and programming aspects of the Peacebuilding Partnership, transversal thematic issues relating to peacebuilding and crisis-specific situations.

The EU and Peacebuilding: From European Peace Project to Global Actor[edit]

The project consisted of a series of public events in EU Member States in the form of dialogues and round-tables which will discuss opportunities and challenges for the EU to increase its peacebuilding potential and analyse the role EU Member States plan either in certain EU policy fields of certain conflict-affected regions where the EU has a presence.

By encouraging a wide range of EU stakeholders to engage in advocacy work on the EU conflict prevention and peacebuilding policy, the project aimed at increasing the effectiveness of the EU's contribution to conflict prevention and peacebuilding, and increase Europe's citizens' awareness of the history of the EU as a peace project.

Outputs from the meetings included meeting reports, summaries of key recommendations to EU policy-makers and civil society as well as background material prepared for the meeting.

This project was terminated in 2014.

Member organisations[edit]

EPLO includes 32 European civil society organisations.


  1. ^ European Peacebuilding Liaison Office
  2. ^ European Peacebuilding Liaison Office
  3. ^ Maja Šoštarić Briefing with Josephine Liebl of the European Peacebuilding Liaison Office, June 2011, 20 June 2011
  4. ^ The European Peacebuilding Liaison Office - Interview with Nicholas Beger European External Action Service Publications
  5. ^ European Peacebuilding Liaison Office
  6. ^ Sarah Bayne and Patrick Trolliet "Stocktaking and scoping of the Peacebuilding Partnership", August 2009, for the European Commission - DG RELEX A/2
  7. ^ European Centre for Development Policy Management "Proposals for linking EU peace building and development support", 19 February 2011
  8. ^ Funmi Olonisakin, Eka Ikpe, Women, peace and security: translating policy into practice, p. 212, at Google Books. Taylor & Francis, 2010. ISBN 9780415587976
  9. ^ Frauensicherheitsrat "1325 EU Partnership on gender, peace and security, October 2007
  10. ^ ISIS Europe "1325 EU Partnership: A briefing on operational strategy in ESDP operations - 1325 in action", 11 October 2007
  11. ^ Contribution from the European Peacebuilding Liaison Office (EPLO), 18 April 2007
  12. ^ "Launch of Civil Society Dialogue Networknnap56". press release. European Commission. 28 July 2010. Retrieved 12 March 2012. 

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