Policies & InitiativesEuropean Council in Laeken, December 14-15, 2001).
In this context, the Commission adopted in April 2001 a Communication on conflict prevention reviewing main instruments in this field and putting forward recommendations for specific actions (report).
The Communication sets out 4 main objectives:
1) to make more systematic and co-ordinated use of EU instrumentsto get at the root causes of conflict.
2) to improve the efficiency of actions targeting specific causes of conflict (the so-called "cross-cutting issues" such as trafficking in drugs or human beings, illicit trade of diamonds and small arms, competition over scarce water resources etc).
3) to improve EU capacity to react quickly to nascent conflicts.
4) to promote international co-operation with all EU's partners (partner countries, NGOs, international organisations such as UN, G8, OSCE, ICRC as well as other regional organisations).
For more information about the EU policies on conflict prevention, see http://ec.europa.eu/external_relations/cfsp/conflict_prevention/index_en.htm