From 6ᵗʰ to 10ᵗʰ March, 2017, the European Personnel Recovery Centre (EPRC) hosted a European Defence Agency (EDA) meeting on Personnel Recovery (PR). The event saw the participation of major international Agencies working in the field of PR e.g. the representatives of NATO’s Allied Command Transformation (ACT) and the US-based Joint Personnel Recovery Agency (JPRA), thus fostering a vital sharing of visions and procedures concerning PR activities.
The core event of the week was the Personnel Recovery Project Team Meeting (PR PT) whose main objectives were a revision of the Project Team’s current work strands, the sharing of new teaching processes as well as future developments in exercise and training issues relating to PR.
The intense week also included the 9ᵗʰ Project Coordination Group meeting (PCG), which is dealing with training Command and Control personnel in PR matters. One major decision of this meeting established that the Personnel Recovery Controller and Planner Course (PRCPC) – currently run also by the EPRC –will from now on be divided into a Joint Personnel Recovery Staff Course (JPRSC) and a Joint Personnel Recovery Leader Course (JPRLC).
The week ended with the EPRC Workshop on the Revision of EU’s PR Concept. From the 9ᵗʰ to 10ᵗʰ March, experts discussed a way on how to provide the EU with a document that will lead the way to align EU’s documentation to the one produced by NATO. The resulting draft of this document will later be provided to the EU Military Staff as a ‘Stating Point’ in order to hasten the revision process.