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EUTM Somalia mission extended for a month pending more…

(BRUSSELS2) The redefinition of the European training mission of the Somali army (EUTM Somalia) will take a little longer than expected, according to information received by B2. Its renewal does not raise a problem, in principle. A number of Member States, initially skeptical, found it interesting to continue this mission which proved its usefulness by training and training nearly 3000 soldiers for the new Somali army who left to secure the territory newly conquered by AMISOM ( the strength of the African Union). Several fundamental questions require further study (notably on security and Medevac) before beginning the redeployment of the mission to Mogadishu. In the meantime, the “27” have decided to extend the current mission by one month, a necessary decision since the end of the mission was scheduled for December 31. This extension was recorded by the decision published in the official journal today (December 28); the common budget will be a waiting budget of 50.000 euros.

To be continued on Club (subscriber site): detailed article on the reconfiguration of the EUTM mission

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).