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Latest news from EU peacekeeping missions and operations – CSDP (April 2020)

(B2) Distance training, knowledge sharing, disinfection of buildings, donations of equipment, online graduation… The missions and operations of the PSDC are trying to adapt to the coronavirus epidemic

Advice and donations – overview

With the idea of ​​using the skills of CSDP missions in the fight against Covid-19, several missions have undertaken to support their host countries in various ways. Thus, the EUBAM Rafah mission (Tel Aviv) donated a mobile clinic and a thermal imaging system (WG520), a device which was installed at the Al Karamah border point between Jordan and the West Bank, connected to a mobile clinic (also donated by EUBAM Rafah), where Ministry of Health employees are deployed. In Georgia, the EUMM Georgia mission explored possibilities for transferring medical equipment to the authorities of the Georgian autonomous republic of Abkhazia. In Africa, EUCAP Sahel Mali has had 25.000 masks manufactured for the internal security forces and provided various medical equipment (infra-red thermometers, disinfectant gel). EUCAP Niger also provided various equipment (vehicles, protective equipment, etc.).

Bamako (Mali). Sprayers against Covid-19 

While waiting to be able to resume activities, it was a 'decontamination operation' of the 16 vehicles, 13 rooms, 2 offices and 15 air conditioners at headquarters (FHQ) of the Malian army training mission (EUTM Mali), Monday, April 27. Details here

(credit: EUTM Mali)

Niamey (Niger). And let it roll! 

At the end of April, five new all-terrain vehicles equipped with mobile garages were handed over to Niger's internal security forces (ISF) by the EUCAP Sahel Niger mission. Goal : " more mobility in the bush and maintaining security " in the country.

Pristina (Kosovo). Diving into the dark

The headquarters of the European rule of law mission EULEX Kosovo went dark for two minutes on the night of April 27. This action was to mark the national day of missing persons as well as the operation “ In the darkness of missing people », organized by several organisations, in particular from civil society. Details here

(credit: EULEX Kosovo)

Dnieper (Ukraine). First online workshop 

Online courses and webinars followed for fifteen days of training on maintaining public order. This mission led by the EU Support Mission to the Ukrainian Security Forces (EUAM Ukraine) was the first of its kind, targeting students from the Dnipropetrovsk State University of Internal Affairs. Many of them are helping to maintain order due to Covid-19 restrictions. Details here

(credit: EUAM Ukraine)

Tunis. Agreement signed with IOM

The Libyan border support mission EUBAM Libya and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) signed a memorandum of understanding on April 22 to strengthen their cooperation on supporting integrated border management and border governance. migrations.

Djibouti. Refueling at sea

Operation Atalanta received support from TF 20 on April 53 for resupply at sea. in just 2 hours ". This allowed the units of the European anti-piracy force to extend their range of action without entering a port, further reducing the risks of infection in the event of a health crisis. Details here

(credit: EUNAVFOR Atalanta)

Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina). Exchange of practices around Covid-19

At Camp Butmir, medical executives from the EUFOR Althea stabilization operation met, on April 16, with epidemiology experts from the Public Health Institute of Sarajevo Canton. Objectives: share information and identify improvements in prevention processes. Details here

(credit: EUFOR Althea)

Mogadishu (Somalia). Graduation ceremony

The Somali army training mission 'EUTM Somalia' concluded two courses on April 16. That of light infantry (LIC), which trained around a hundred soldiers. And that of TtT, which prepared around twenty new qualified Somali trainers to provide basic infantry training to units of the Somali National Army (SNA). Details here

(credit: EUTM Somalia)

Ramallah (West Bank – Palestinian Territories). Witness protection

EUPOL COPPS mission advisors met on April 8 with their counterparts from the Palestinian Civil Police (PCP) and the Palestinian Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC). Agenda: work on operational procedures for the protection of witnesses in cases of corruption. This was the third meeting organized on this subject. Details here

(credit: EUPOL COPPS)

Bamako (Mali). Police custody and procedure

Experts from the mission to support Malian internal security forces 'EUCAP Sahel Mali' participated in the development of pre-populated police custody registers. Objective: to facilitate the work of investigators and guarantee the smooth running of the procedure. The edition of 2000 registers was financed by the European Union mission. Cost: 30 million CFA francs (approx. 45.000 euros). Details here

(credit: EUTM Sahel Mali)

(Emmanuelle Stroesser, with NGV)

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Emmanuelle Stroesser

A journalist for magazines and the press, Emmanuelle specializes in humanitarian issues, development, asylum and migration and human rights.