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

(B2) Know, make yourself known, recognize. These are the keys to ensuring good cooperation, essential to EU operations and missions on the ground. The summer was conducive to this. As with external visits, notably by European deputies to 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 sets out in black and white areas of cooperation. With particular attention in particular to the training of the Libyan coast guard and port security. Details here

(credit: EUNAVFOR Med Irini)

Djibouti. Neighborhood cooperation

Other forms of cooperation, 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 commander of the operation, Vice Admiral José María Núñez Torrente, took advantage of the rotation of the force 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 Forces Advisory Mission (EUAM Iraq) already cooperate, for example in the recovery of stolen art objects and the relations with INTERPOL. And it is about 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 non-commissioned officer school

The training mission of the Malian army (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 sub-military school. 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) visited Ukraine on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the country's independence (August 24). An opportunity taken to discover the work of the advisory mission to the Ukrainian internal security forces (EUAM Ukraine). Among other visits, that of the seaport 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 from the Police Support and Rule of Law Mission for the Palestinian Territory (EUPOL COPPS), Alessandro Buono, has advised the Palestinian Civil Police (PCP) for the past two years on how 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 the EUCAP Somalia field 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 European Union civilian mission to support the internal security and stabilization forces of Niger (EUCAP Sahel Niger) since January, the German Antje Pittelkau was entitled to her 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.