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

(B2) EU missions and operations, civil and military, have one thing in common: they do not work alone. What seems obvious, however, deserves to be underlined. The news of this month of October offers the opportunity to identify its multiple aspects, and to observe the first steps of the new kid: EUTM Mozambique…

Moldova. Joint Anti-Crime Operation

Our mission assistance in surveillance at the borders of Moldova (EUBAM Moldova Ukraine) participated in the operation against serious crime on the eastern border. The operation led by the European coast and border guard agency Frontex and Romania took place from September 27 to October 8. Thirteen countries and six other European agencies and international organizations participated. The harvest of Joint Action Day Finestra, is up to the task: 36 million contraband cigarettes, 160.000 liters of alcohol, and even 32 human traffickers. Details here

(credit: Frontex)

Baghdad (Iraq). Election day mobilization

On Sunday, October 10, the Internal Security Advisory Mission (EUAM Iraq) was at the Supreme Electoral Operations Center. This is responsible for reacting in the event of security incidents linked to the legislative elections organized that day throughout the country. The mission had to be able to intervene with its advice and expertise, “ as required ". The Mission also provided close protection for teams of local observers from the EU Delegation traveling to the polling stations in the capital. Details here

EUAM Iraq Chief of Mission Major General Christoph Buik (sky blue shirt) at the Supreme Election Operations Center (credit: screenshot B2/EUAM Iraq)

Kyiv (Ukraine). Prosecutors in training

Improve their leadership and personnel management. This is the challenge of the training that around a hundred Ukrainian prosecutors are following until December. With the support of the Ukrainian Security Forces Advisory Mission (EUAM Ukraine). “ The aim is to increase the efficiency of the prosecution service, stimulate the interest of professionals in career development and increase staff motivation ". Details here

(credit: EUAM Ukraine)

Somalia. The relay is taken in the maritime control

« Somalia has the longest African inland continental coastline and the establishment of the Somali Maritime Administration (SMA) enabled Somalis to assume responsibility for the control and surveillance of Somali territorial waters “, rejoices its director, Captain Hassan M Farah. The SMA is a department of the Ministry of Ports and Maritime Transport, established with the support of the Maritime Security Capability Support Mission (EUCAP Somalia) two years ago. Details here

(credit: EUCAP Somalia)

Ramallah (West Bank). Reinforced expertise

The Police Mission Mission in the Palestinian Territories (EUPOL COPPS) is in the process of recruiting police advisers “ very experienced » to strengthen its support for the Palestinian Civil Police (PCP), particularly in cybercrime. This is what the Head of Mission Nataliya Apostolova explained to the head of the PCP, General Yousif Helo, who came to the EUPOL premises. Details here

(credit: EUPOL COPPS)

Bangui (Central Africa). first birthday

The revision of the organic laws of the Police and the Gendarmerie is " an example of successful cooperation », to the credit of the first year of activity of the European Union civilian advisory mission (EUAM RCA), explains its head Paulo Soares. Details here

The President of the Republic, Faustin Archange Touadéra, came for the occasion (credit: EUAM RCA)

Horn of Africa. The contours of a new collaboration

Operation and EUNAVFOR Atalanta force commanders met the head of the new EU training mission in Mozambique (EUTM Mozambique). Their first virtual meeting has already explored the “ possible synergies in the greater region of Cabo Delgado and the Mozambique Channel “, on the southern border of the area where Atalanta operates. Details here

(credit: EUNAVFOR Atalanta)

Pristina (Kosovo). Goals for the climate! 

The staff of the mission on the rule of law knows how to use arguments other than those of the law. She demonstrated it during a necessarily friendly football match with a team from the Pristina court. Nobody gives the score. It seems that " the number of goals scored is not important ". The objective was to raise awareness about climate change. Slideshow here

Mtskheta (Georgia). To gain height

The head of the EU observation mission in Georgia, Marek Szczygieł, takes you on patrol with monitors from the field office in Mtskheta, in the east of the country, in the Caucasus Mountains. Intimidating !

(credit: EUMM Georgia)

(information collected by Emmanuelle Stroesser)

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