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Crisis management

Crisis management aims to ensure comprehensive control of critical situations. Fundamental phases of the crisis management cycle are mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery. In some conceptions, crisis management is a part of safety management, in others the term crisis management is only used for controlling critical situations caused by disasters. In the EU, crisis management is also used to denote external action, including Commission and Council instruments, civil and military instruments, as well as civil-military interaction.


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  • http://eeas.europa.eu/cfsp/crisis_management/index_de.htm (European External Action Service)
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