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Hungary hosted EDA Personnel Recovery course

The 8th edition of the Personnel Recovery Controller and Planner Course (PRCPC), a project initiated by the European Defence Agency (EDA), took place from 30 May to 10 June 2016 in Veszprém, Hungary. 

Organised and hosted by the Hungarian Defence Forces at the Air Command and Control Centre (ACCC), the exercise gathered 20 students from six European countries: Austria, Cyprus, Germany, Hungary, Italy and Sweden. The course was delivered by experienced instructors from Canada, France, Germany, Hungary, the Netherlands, Spain and Sweden.

The course enabled students to be better prepared to plan and execute Personnel Recovery (PR) missions. Personnel Recovery is usually defined as the sum of diplomatic, military and civil efforts to effect the recovery and reintegration of isolated personnel. 

From feedback we know that all participants gained expertise and knowledge from this multi-national training opportunity. As a result, European PR capabilities were strengthened and the number of trained personnel available to support future operations and missions was boosted. 

During the course, the EDA’s Personnel Recovery Functional Area Service Advanced Technology Demonstrator (PR FAS ATD) was presented to the participants. This system is designed to provide headquarters-level PR staff with a planning tool to manage PR missions. It has been developed as part of EDA’s work to improve interoperability between European armed forces in this field.

The next EU PRCPC will take place from 21 November to 2 December 2016 in Italy (Poggio, Renatico) and will be organised by the European Personnel Recovery Centre (EPRC). 


The EDA PRCPC project was established on 30 May 2013 as an EDA Category B project, under the lead of Sweden. As of today, it gathers six contributing EU Member States (cMS): Austria, Belgium, Germany, Hungary, the Netherlands and Sweden. On 31st May 2015 the cMS agreed to extend the PRCPC Cat B project until 30 May 2017 as they had an ongoing training requirement. The EPRC is a potential candidate for the continuation of the project. 


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