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Latest news from EU peacekeeping missions and operations – CSDP (June 2021)

(B2) Training occupies a preponderant place in many European Union missions. The circumstances in which it takes place are just as varied, under 45°C, on land, at sea, in the forest, in Rome itself... 

Lviv, Odesa, Kharkiv and Donetsk (Ukraine). Communicate less, but better: advice to the police

The advisory mission to the Ukrainian internal security forces (EUAM Ukraine) gave itself two years to improve the regional communication of the National Police of Ukraine (NPU). The project has just been completed. Communication advisors from the EUAM strategic communication unit (StratCom) supported teams in four regions of the country, starting from the analysis of practices, advice, training and donations of equipment to develop these practice. An operation from which other regions can draw inspiration today. More details here

New equipment (cameras, editing software, etc.) helps improve communication (credit: EUAM Ukraine)

Gao (Mali). On the training grounds, the mercury never drops below 44°C…

Faces " weathered and hardened ". These are those of non-governmental ex-combatants. They have been on opposing sides in past conflicts. They have since engaged in DDR as it is called, the process " disarmament, demobilization and reintegration ". They were formed into units within the FAMA (the Malian armed forces) and are redeployed in the north of the country. In June, it was the turn of the EU mission to train the Malian army to ensure the training of 68 of them. The rest of the report can be read here

(credit: EUTM Mali)

Central African Republic. Training under escort…

At the end of June, Vice Admiral Hervé Bléjean, director of the EU military staff, traveled to Bangui to follow, on the ground, the training activities of the mmilitary training mission in the Central African Republic (EUTM RCA). He also attended EUTM training (BIT7 and amphibious battalion) at the same time as the press.

(Credits: EUTM RCA)
(Credits: EUTM RCA)

Niamey (Niger). Assessment, perspectives and novelty!

This is the 5th assessment, mid-term, made by the internal security forces support mission (EUCAP Sahel Niger) since its first deployment, in August 2012. It is also an opportunity to draw up perspectives taking into account the " new directions » of the partnership between Niger and the Union. The mission will develop its support at the strategic level with ministries and internal security forces. More details here. The mission began at the end of June, with a training session intended for Water and Forestry personnel. A first ! The reason ? These personnel do participate in security by contributing to the protection of the environment, the fight against poaching, illegal gold panning and water pollution. 

(credit: EUCAP Sahel Niger)

Gulf of Aden (Somalia). Information sharing also takes place 

The exercises at sea between Task Force 465 of the European maritime form responsible for combating maritime piracy (EUNAVFOR Somalia) and the Trikand ship of the Indian Navy, in mid-June, were supplemented, on land, by exercises between the centers of maritime operations of EUNAVFOR and IFC-IOR Gurugram of the Indian Navy. At the heart of these exchanges, the information sharing platform on the Indian Ocean region developed by CRIMARIO, IORIS. More details here

(credit: EUNAVFOR Atalanta)

Libya. Weekend in Rome 

The Italian capital served as the venue for a study tour of Libyan prosecutors, Foreign Ministry officers and CID investigators. There they were able to meet the head of the Italian national directorate for the fight against the mafia and terrorism as well as prosecutors and investigators. A visit designed and organized by the border assistance mission to Libya (EUBAM Libya), whose mandate has just been extended until June 30, 2023.

(credit: EUBAM Libya)

Iraq. Election preparations

The EU Observer Mission in Iraq (EUAM Iraq) participated in several meetings in June with the Ministry of Interior and the exploratory mission of the European External Action Service (EEAS) to discuss election security Iraqi national elections planned for October 2021. This commitment to the security of the elections is all the more “ more relevant » that Brussels has since announced the deployment of an EU observation mission in Iraq for this next election. 

(information collected by Emmanuelle Stroesser)

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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.