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Extension of the ESDP Congo mission

(BRUSSELS2) The Council of Ministers of External Affairs extended, on June 16, the mandate of the mission carried out under the European Security and Defense Policy (ESDP) to assist the Congolese authorities in the establishment of a National Army in Congo (Eusec RDC) for a period of 12 months from July 1, 2008. The “current security situation in the DRC could deteriorate, which would have potentially serious repercussions on the process of strengthening democracy , rule of law and security at the international and regional level” explains the draft decision. But the budget allocated to the operation decreases slightly: 8,45 million euros for the period 2008-2009 (compared to 9,7 million euros for the period 2007-2008). NB: Civilian missions are in fact financed from an essentially community budget. (NGV)

Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).

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