West Africa - SahelMissions Operations

The EUTM Mali mission will be well launched on Monday

(BRUSSELS2) The question of Medevac medical evacuation helicopters for the European training mission of the Malian army (EUTM Mali) is not likely to be resolved before Monday. European officials therefore decided to opt for an “innovative” solution. According to our information, EU Foreign Ministers are expected to adopt the decision to launch the EUTM Mali mission on Monday (February 18), but gradually. The launch of the “consulting expertise” part of the mission would be immediate. While the launch of the “training” part would be subject to the condition of the finalization of force generation (see helicopters). The trainers should arrive a little later than expected on the ground, more towards the end of March. But the first training courses will begin, as planned, at the beginning of April. This leaves time for Belgium to finalize, in political and budgetary terms, the provision of Medevac helicopters or even the “protection force” to the 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).

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