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A Carabinieri takes the lead from Eubam Rafah

(BRUSSELS2) It is an Italian, Colonel Francesco BRUZZESE DEL POZZO, who will take charge of the EU BAM Rafah mission from October 1, 2012. He is appointed for the duration of the mission, until June 30, 2013 (unless this is extended). He thus replaces his compatriot captain Davide Palmigiani (Read: Palmigiani appointed head of Eubam Rafah, on a provisional basis).

Born in Bari in October 1953, after studying at the Nunziatella military school, Francesco joined the Carabinieri at the age of 23, in 1976. He was assigned to and commanded different units: Venice (investigation) in 1977, Belluno (military police) in 1978-79, the headquarters of Montella (1981-1982), Piove in Sacco (1982-1985) and Seregno (1985-1992). At the same time, he obtained a degree in political science at the University of Padua, later completed by a degree in security sciences at the University of Rome. In 1992 he was appointed head of operations for the province of Bologna until 1996; it was the time of operation mani pulite (clean hands).

In 1996, he moved to the international level. He is carrying out a mission in Bosnia-Herzegoina, in Mostar, within the police unit of the WEU (the Union for Western Europe) – in what is the beginning of PeSDC operations – in order to coordinate the establishment of a unified police force between Croats and Bosniaks. Which is no small feat! He then moved to Albania as principal advisor to the WEU's police assistance program (MAPE) (1997-1998), responsible for getting the Albanian police back on its feet after the “bankruptcy” of the Albanian state. He was then “police” advisor to the WEU (1998-1999) and head of planning for MAPE at headquarters in Brussels (1999-2001).

In 2001, as a result of the Treaty of Nice, he moved to the police unit of the Council of the European Union which had just been formed, of which he became deputy director in 2004 (until the end of 2007). In 2008, he held the position of head of planning within the CPPC (the Civilian Crisis Management Operations Staff, Civilian Planning and Conduct Capability). And since 2009, he has headed the “research and studies” department of CoESPU (Center of Excellence for Stability Police Units).


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).