The European Union launched its first crisis management operation in 2003. Since then it has deployed some 20 military, police and rule of law operations on three continents. The experience it has gained from earlier and ongoing operations feeds into those currently at the planning stages.
For example the EU has learned that including Human Rights and Gender approaches in all of its missions makes them more effective.
This handbook gathers together the documents that comprise the guiding principles for planners of EU operations. It is a living document, and as ESDP evolves, it will be regularly updated.