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

(B2) To know, to make oneself known, to recognize. These are the pledges to ensure good cooperation, essential to EU operations and missions on the ground. The summer was favorable for this. As with external visits, in particular of MEPs in Ukraine

Libya. The European "integrated approach" is being put in place

The EU maritime operation EUNAVFOR MED IRINI and the EU border assistance mission in Libya (EUBAM Libya) are organizing their cooperation a little more. This summer, Rear Admiral Fabio Agostini, Commander of Irini, and Natalina Cea, Head of Mission of EUBAM Libya, met in Rome, at EUNAVFOR Med IRINI HQ, to sign an agreement that poses black on white areas of cooperation. With particular attention to the training of the Libyan coast guard and port security. Details here

(credit: EUNAVFOR Med Irini)

Djibouti. Neighborhood cooperation

Other forms of cooperation are those of the European maritime force responsible for combating maritime piracy off the coast of Somalia (EUNAVFOR Atalanta) with the forces present in Djibouti. The operation commander, Vice-Admiral José María Núñez Torrente, took advantage of the rotation of the force's headquarters in early August to tour the most important commands and military units present in Djibouti. Details here

(credit: EUNAVFOR Atalanta)

Baghdad (Iraq). Meeting with the Iraqi FBI

The Iraqi Federal Intelligence and Investigation Agency (FIIA) and the European Union Internal Security Advisory Mission (EUAM Iraq) are already cooperating, for example in the recovery of stolen works of art and relations with INTERPOL. And it is a matter of continuing this cooperation, particularly in the fight against terrorism and organized crime. This was the challenge of a meeting in mid-August in the capital. Details here

Segou (Mali). Guided tour of the NCO school

The Malian army training mission (EUTM Mali) makes us relive the trip of the Force Commander, Brigadier General Jochen Deuer, to Ségou, headquarters of the country's third military region and the school of sub- officers of the Malian forces. The general notably tested digital shooting with the Kalashnikov! Details here

(credit: EUTM Mali)

Donetsk (Ukraine). Guided tour for six MEPs

MEPs (1) traveled to Ukraine on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the country's independence (24 August). An opportunity seized to discover the work of the advisory mission to the Ukrainian internal security forces (EUAM Ukraine). Among other visits, that of the maritime port of Mariupol, in the east of the country. Because the mission specifies that it " will soon strengthen its advice on integrated border management to law enforcement agencies operating in the port ". The deputies also discussed with the regional police commander the challenges related to the proximity of the contact line (smuggling and organized crime). Details here

(1) Michael Gahler, Viola von Cramon, Petras Auštrevičius, Andrius Kubilius, Juozas Olekas, Anna Fotyga and Ramona Strugariu

Ramallah (Palestinian Territory). A campaign against cyber blackmail

Cybercrime expert with the Police and Rule of Law Support Mission for the Palestinian Territory (EUPOL COPPS), Alessandro Buono, has advised the Palestinian Civil Police (PCP) for the past two years on ways to combat the phenomenon of blackmail on the internet. The result is a cyber-blackmail awareness campaign, unveiled this summer. Details here

Garowe (Somalia). Prevent radicalization

Ten investigators from the Puntland State Police and five prosecutors from the Attorney General's Office participated in a two-day counter-radicalization awareness workshop held at EUCAP Somalia's local office in Garowe. The challenge is to support them in preventing and detecting radicalization as early as possible in their daily work. Details here

(credit: EUCAP Somalia)

Niger. A Berliner at the head of the mission

At the head of the civilian mission of the European Union to support the internal security forces and the stabilization of Niger (EUCAP Sahel Niger) since January, the German Antje Pittelkau was entitled to his portrait, to read on the site of the Deutsche Welle (DW).

(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.