Europe's New Training Initiative for Civilian Crisis Management (ENTRi) was a unique programme building civilian capacities for crisis management missions.
ENTRi originated from an offer by the ASPR to the European Commission to support trainings for EU missions. Hence the EC commissioned the ASPR in 2001 to lead the project, “European Group on Training” (EGT), to develop Europe-wide training standards and harmonized training offers together with other European training institutions. ENTRi emerged from this project and was an initiative that received a total of 8 million Euro funding between 2011 and 2019, 90% by the Commission and co-funded by its implementing partners under the lead of the Center for International Peace Operations (ZIF) in Berlin. Each implementing partner was from a different Member State of the European Union and Switzerland.
ENTRi was created by the European Union's Instrument contributing to Stability and Peace and was guided by the Foreign Policy Instruments Service, a service of the Commission co-located with the European External Action Service. The overall objective of ENTRi was to improve the human security of people living in crisis-prone areas to which crisis management and stabilisation-type missions of the EU, the UN, the OSCE, the AU and other organisations are deployed. The project aimed at better enabling staff in those missions to work in an efficient, effective and sustainable manner in order to achieve their missions' mandates.
ENTRi stood for high quality trainings and fostered the sharing of expertise among European training institutes. Throughout its three project cycles, ENTRi developed besides standardized training courses and free accessible training course packages, a trusted certification process for any training centre wishing to offer programmes related to civilian crisis management. Furthermore, ENTRi produced several E-Learning products and offered a free handbook for civilian experts working in crisis management missions. The ENTRi products may still be downloaded for free on its webpage until the end of 2019 and at the ESDC webpage beyond that.