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Latest news from EU peacekeeping missions (CSDP) – May 2014


©EUPOL AfghanistanKabul (Afghanistan). Equipment for the Afghan police.

The Afghan National Police received nearly 600 bulletproof vests and helmets from the EUPOL Afghanistan mission and the German organization “Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit” (GIZ). This is the first donation, after the signing, in July 2013, of the cooperation agreement between EUPOL Afghanistan and GIZ, aimed at supporting the development of the Afghan police.

For David Oram, project manager for the European mission, this equipment has a “vital” aspect for the national police in their “ fight against terrorism and crime ". General Zaher, meanwhile, expressed his "gratitude" and promised that the equipment would be " quickly made available to police units.

© EUPOL RD CongoKinshasa (DR Congo). Judicial police on the training menu

The Congolese police support mission (EUPOL RD Congo) organized training on the “methodology for creating databases”. The objective of this workshop, which was held from May 20 to 22 in Kinshasa, was to take stock of the needs of the Congolese national police (PNC) with the aim of establishing a criminal database.

EUPOL also reinforced its experts from the Appropriation and Implementation Unit (CAMO PJ) by calling on the expertise of the Belgian federal police during the three days. This activity was supported by the United Nations Police (UNPOL), the German development consortium GIZ and the ALCOTT project (support for the fight against organized crime and cross-border trafficking) of the French Embassy.

©EUBAM Ukraine-Moldova.Ukraine/Moldova border. Seizure of cigarettes

Romanian police made a large seizure of cigarettes at the border between Moldova and Romania at the end of April. Based on information from Moldovan customs, EUBAM tracked the suspicious shipment of 12.400.000 pieces of illegal cigarettes and alerted the European Anti-Fraud Office and Europol. The tobacco was destined for Greece. If the cargo had reached its destination, the European Union would have lost almost " 400.000 euros in customs duties and taxes”, says a European diplomat, member of the EUBAM mission.

Cigarette smuggling is currently assessed as one of the " most serious risks » for border security and combating this phenomenon is a priority for border management services in Moldova and Ukraine. EUBAM leads the “Tobacco Task Force” which provides for the control of transits, exports, analytical and operational information, as well as joint investigations and operations. © EUPOL Copps

Ramallah (West Bank). Training for Palestinian judges

The European Union Police Mission in Palestine (EUPOL Copps) organized a series of workshops for Palestinian judges of the High Judicial Council in Ramallah. Two former British judges – Sir Henry Brooke and Sir David Latham – led these discussions on good relations between the judiciary and the executive. Farid al-Jallad, supreme judge, – accompanied by six other judges – welcomes “ Experience » provided by the British judges and « suggestions given to Palestinian judges.

Koulikoro and Bamako (Mali). Formation of the fifth battalion

The two-week training for the management of the fifth battalion began in Koulikoro for Malian instructors. The commissioner in charge of development, Andris Piebalgs, was also in Bamako to meet the leaders of the mission which began its second mandate on May 18.

(Information collected by Jérémy Cauderlier st.)

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