Start Date: 2007
Type of activity: Intra-Theatre Combat Capabilities
Participating Countries: AT, BE, CZ, CY, DE, FR, HU, IT, NL, PL, RO, SE, UK
Other partners: European External Action Service (EEAS), European Union Military Staff (EUMS), Crisis Management and Planning Directorate (CMPD)
European Personnel Recovery Centre (EPRC)
Today’s theatre of operations is challenging and volatile. Deployed personnel carry the risk of being trapped, isolated, detained, captured or maltreated by adversary forces in a hostile environment. Ensuring the swift and safe recovery of personnel who for some reason have ended up isolated in an emergency situation must be a high-priority for all EU-led crisis management operations. In this regard, all possible diplomatic, civil and military options should be combined to release and effect the recovery and reintegration of isolated personnel.
Evidently, successful Personnel Recovery (PR) tasks have a tremendous impact on operational security, the morale and confidence of deployed forces as well as on public support.
Through its dedicated “Project Team Personnel Recovery”, the European Defence Agency (EDA) supports its participating Member States in enhancing their capabilities by addressing the full spectrum of PR; from the cultural and conceptual context through training aspects to the development of advanced technologies.