Latest news from EU CSDP missions and operations (December 2021)

(B2) Like every month, B2 goes around the world with the latest news from the European Union's CSDP missions and operations. Security issues come in all forms: from the community approach (involving all local actors) to training (a classic mission) through raising awareness among the youngest.

Mariupol (Ukraine). First Steps in Community Safety

After Odessa and Kiev, it is in Mariupol (455 inhabitants), in the Donetsk region, in the east of the country, that the EU advisory mission to the internal security forces Ukrainian (EUAM Ukraine) launched its latest Community Security Dialogue. Objective: to build trust between civil society and law enforcement (LEA). Details here

Representatives of civil society, local authorities and law enforcement agencies gathered for the occasion (credit: EUAM Ukraine)

Hargeisa (Somalia). Also rethinking police training

25 young officers from different police stations in Somaliland were trained in new approaches to enhancing public security, including cooperating with the coast guard or improving the community approach, " that recognizes that all members of the community have an active role to play in ensuring respect for law and order ". Everyone left with the key points, to share with their colleagues back in their police station. A training course co-piloted by the EU Maritime Capability Support Mission for Somalia (EUCAP Somalia). Details here

(credit: EUCAP Somalia)

Bosnia and Herzegovina. Learn to make peace, from an early age

Pupils from two primary schools, one from the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, the other from the Republic of Serbia, led a workshop on the “dangers of pyrotechnic devices and unexploded ordnance and mines”. This activity is part of a larger program, “Together for a safe future”, aimed at bringing together young people from different regions. The military stabilization operation in Bosnia-Herzegovina (EUFOR Althea) brings them its sponsorship. Details here

(credit: screenshot B2/EUFOR Althea)

Baghdad (Iraq). Policing Lessons

Three days of theoretical and practical exercises in reaction to a public protest (best practices, international standards, respect for human rights, critical decision-making, etc.). This is the program concocted by the Iraqi Internal Security Advisory Mission (EUAM Iraq) for the workshop on maintaining order in public demonstrations, for generals and colonels of the Force Command of the Iraqi forces. order (LEFC). Details here

(credit: EUAM Iraq)

Pristina (Kosovo). Judicial Introspection

Over-use and excessive length of pre-trial detention, too many adjournments of hearings, etc. These trends are highlighted by the justice monitoring report, issued by the EU rule of law mission (EULEX Kosovo), for the period from March 2020 to October 2021. The conclusions of 295 cases monitored and 378 hearings passed Review. The analysis is accompanied by recommendations for the authorities. Recommendations " realistic " and that " can have a positive effect on the effectiveness, accountability and integrity of the state in Kosovo, provided there is a will to implement them “, argues the head of the mission, Lars-Gunnar Wigemark. Details here

Presentation of the report to the press (credit: EULEX Kosovo)

Indian Ocean. Cooperation with maritime security centers

« To tackle transnational criminal networks in general, and drug trafficking in particular the EU Naval Operation Against Maritime Piracy (EUNAVFOR ATALANTA) is strengthening its coordination of maritime security operations and the sharing and exchange of maritime information with the Regional Maritime Information Fusion Center (RMIFC ) in Madagascar, and the Regional Operational Coordination Center (RCOC) in the Seychelles. The three players signed a memorandum of understanding in mid-December. The request was pressing on the part of the two partners as well as of EUNAVFOR, in connection with the recent adaptation of its mandate. Details here

(credit: EUNAVFOR Atalanta)

Niamey (Niger). Life-size exercise

An arrest of drug traffickers, punctuated by a hostage-taking in a hotel. This is the fictional scenario in which several police units participated. Under the supervision of the Niger Internal Security Capacity Building Mission (EUCAP Sahel Niger). " We see how the Nigerian side approaches the tasks. This allows us to better identify what partners need and what they don't need. This makes it possible to orient the work of EUCAP Sahel Niger according to the concrete needs on the ground. “, comments the head of mission, Antje Pittelkau. Details here

(credit: EUCAP Sahel Niger)

Mogadishu (Somalia). IED detection

Slinging techniques (see photo) were part of the 4th course on improvised explosive devices, attended by the maneuver units of the October 14 Brigade. A course provided by the EU Somali Army Training Mission (EUTM Somalia), in cooperation with EOD teams from the Somali Police Force. Details here

Mopti (Mali). Improving State Presence

The National Gendarmerie Rapid Action Force (FARGEND) squadron in Sévaré has just been equipped with an administrative building, a building housing logistics and an infirmary, a catering building, a dormitory, etc. These investments are part of the integrated security plan for the Center regions (PSIRC), " a strategy devoted to the link between security, the return of the state and development “, explains the mission to strengthen the internal security forces of Mali (EUCAP Sahel Mali). It is also personal protective equipment that has been delivered to the Department of Homeland Security (tweet). Details here

(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.