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Latest news from EU peacekeeping missions – CSDP (January 2019)

(B2) Since January, the Zenica hospital in Bosnia and Herzegovina has been able to provide medical support to EUFOR in case of need. In the Gulf of Aden, Chinese and Europeans are strengthening their cooperation in the fight against piracy. In Iraq, the forces of the anti-Daesh coalition agree on the principles of security reform. In the Sahel, EUTM Mali trainers provide training in operational management to the gendarmerie 

Zenica (Bosnia and Herzegovina). Medical support

A memorandum of understanding was signed between the cantonal hospital of Zenica and the European force (EUFOR) in Bosnia-Herzegovina on Tuesday (January 22), announced the HQ. It concerns the conditions under which medical support and medical evacuation (MEDEVAC) will be provided to EUFOR Althea personnel in the event of an emergency, precise the HQ of the operation.

Lviv (Ukraine). EUAM Ukraine prepares the local police for the elections

The 375 patrol and district officers in Lviv have received three-week training in Ukrainian electoral legislation, preparing them to deal with all kinds of situations, including cases of violence, during the next elections. presidential. The first round is to be held on March 31; a possible second round is scheduled, three weeks later, on April 21. Set up and financed by the European advisory mission (EUAM Ukraine), the training is delivered by the Ukrainian NGO OPORA.

(credit: EUAM Ukraine)

Ukraine. Investigative computer equipment handed over to the police

The EUAM Ukraine mission has started equipping the Ukrainian police with specific equipment to help them improve their investigative, analytical and training capacities. In early January, 30 laptop computers, 50 surveillance cameras and 50 hard drives were handed over to several regional police forces, Rivne, Volyn, Ternopil, Ivano-Frakivsk and Vinnytsa. A total of 17 regions of Ukraine are expected to benefit from equipment offered by the mission, as part of a plan to merge investigative and operational activities under a single chain of command.

Gulf of Aden. Strengthening cooperation with China

The Operation Commander of the European Anti-Piracy Operation (EUNAVFOR Atalanta) and the Chinese Defense Advisor to the EU met in Brussels to strengthen their collaboration in the fight against piracy in the Indian Ocean and around Somalia. In 2018, the ships of the People's Liberation Army (China) and those of EUNAVFOR jointly carried out several exercises and counter-piracy operations. And this 'good' collaboration should continue in the months to come.

(credit: EUNAVFOR Somalia)

Baghdad. Security reform update

The EU Mission in Iraq (EUAM Iraq) hosted the bi-monthly meeting between the US Political-Military Advisor, the Deputy Commander of the Office for US Security Cooperation in Iraq, and the Director of Ministerial Liaison Teams of the International Coalition against Daesh. The meeting made it possible to update the principles of security reform (RSS) on three subjects: the human resources management project; security, border management and control, and gender and human rights issues.

(credit: EUAM Iraq)

mali. Training in operational management at the gendarmerie

Twenty commanders of Malian Gendarmerie units took part in training on operational management, indicated EU Internal Security Force Advisory Mission (EUCAP Sahel Mali). At the heart of the discussions between the Malian gendarmes and their European colleagues : how to delegate authority or how to set up special operational arrangements?

(credit: EUCAP Sahel Mali)

Amman (Jordan). Discovering the Jordanian community police for some Palestinian officers

Accompanied by two members of the European Palestinian Police Training Mission (EUPOL COPPS), eight Palestinian police officers traveled to Amman. The objective of this four-day discovery trip was to discover Jordanian methods in terms of community policing, in order to be able to use it if necessary when returning to the West Bank. The eight officers were thus able to discover, at the Khawarizsmi technical university in Amman, the training of volunteers from civil society organizations in community policing.

(credit: EUPOL COPPS)

(MHA, with NGV)

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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).