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When Parliament rates EU missions

(BRUSSELS2) The report by Roberto Gualtieri (Italian Democratic Party), adopted by the European Parliament, on Wednesday reviewed the operations carried out by the European Union in the world. And he notes that very often missions are carried out without “well-defined political strategy“. This link is “absent in most cases, which has a negative influence on the effectiveness and efficiency of missions“. When reviewing the missions, the observation is sometimes quick and merciless.

All right

• EULEX Kosovo, despite “ numerous obstacles, particularly linked to the absence of support measures and staffing constraints (plays) an important role in the area of ​​the rule of law, and continues to contribute to the stability of the region »

Good but …

• EUNAVFOR Somalia (Operation Atalanta) conducted “ and successfully ". But “the question of the judicial treatment of pirates must be resolved urgently, in particular on the basis of the Lang report”. Operation Atalanta is “ hampered by the lack of application of a well-defined regional strategy aimed at removing the root causes of the piracy phenomenon and effectively confronting the chronic instability in the Horn of Africa. Measures improving regional maritime surveillance capabilities must be taken urgently ».

• EUTM Somalia: “ may prove counterproductive in improving military capabilities for possible militia recruitment in Somalia ».

Can do better

• EUBAM Rafah and EUPOL COPPS: “ widely recognized and accepted as the principal international interlocutor specializing in the problems of maintaining order in the Palestinian territories”. But have “not been able to have a significant impact on the evolution of the conflict because they are devoid of a solid political and diplomatic strategy, which is also necessary for a renewed commitment in the Palestinian territories ».


• EUPOL Afghanistan: “ insufficient impact due to the absence of a well-defined strategy and its forced integration into the American AFPAK strategy ».

EUPOL RD Congo and EUSEC RD Congo (exist since 2007 and 2005 respectively): “ their positive effects on the target groups were limited or non-existent ". The parliament " recommends focusing more on the problem of sexual violence in order to increase the effectiveness of both missions ».

To close

• EUFOR Althea in Bosnia and Herzegovina (launched in 2004): a “ achieves its main objectives ". It must be closed says the parliament. " A political assessment of the advisability of considering it as completed and recovering significant financial and human resources (more than 1 people) is necessary. »

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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