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Video Conference of HRVP with CSDP missions and opeations


EU High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini held today a video conference with CSDP missions and operations.

EU Chiefs of Defence concluded a successful two-days meeting identifying the future military priorities in CSDP Operations, Partnerships and Capabilities, setting the basis for the work on the June 2015 European Council deliverables


The Military Committee in Chiefs of Defence format was honoured by the presence of Mrs Mogherini, High representative, who at the early beginning of her mandate, shared her first views on EU security and defence policy matters.

EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy visits EUPOL COPPS mission


Ramallah: On the 8 november, the High Representative and Vice President Federica Mogherini visited EUPOL COPPS Mission in Ramallah. In her first visit as European Union Head of Foreign Policy, she spent two days meeting with high level representatives in Israel and the West Bank.

Second EU Annual Seminar on Military Training and Education


On 30 October 2014, the EU Military Staff and Joint Multinational Headquarters, Ulm, Germany, co-organised the second EU Annual Seminar on Military Training and Education, which this year focused on "Developing individual and collective competencies for planning CSDP missions and operations".

EU Naval Force Flagship ITS Andrea Doria Conducts Counter-Piracy Exercise with Japanese Warship JS Takanami in the Gulf of Aden


On Thursday 16 October 2014 the European Union Naval Force flagship, ITS Andrea Doria and Japanese Navy warship, JS Takanami, which is currently deployed with Combined Maritime Force CTF151, carried out a counter-piracy exercise at sea in the Gulf of Aden. 

Medical Support to EU Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) Operations Conference


The symposium "Medical Support to EU Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) Operations", organised jointly by European Union Military Staff (EUMS) and European Defence Agency (EDA), has been hosted from 15 to 16 October at the Belgium Royal Military School in Brussels to discuss medical support for EU operations.

The Security Jam starts today!


The Security Jam focuses the brain power of thousands of experts around the world on key security issues. VIPs and thousands of experts from the security world and security enthusiasts will pitch their ideas to world leaders.

EU intervention in 'Sarunia': Testing crisis management structures


"The stability of the state of "Sarunia" is threatened by events in the neighbouring states of "Ranua" and "Celego". The last weeks saw an escalation of border skirmishes leading Sarunia to request an EU military intervention as well as a civilian mission to support border management and judicial reforms. A piracy attack on an oil tanker causes oil spill near the harbour of the city "Batela" while a cyber-attack targets the EU's local communications system. A number of EU citizens from various Member States working at the local oil refinery in West Sarunia are at risk of being attacked."

Completion of EUPOL DRC: advancing police reform in Congo


This week marks the closure of EUPOL DRC, the EU's Mission supporting the Democratic Republic of Congo's (DRC) security sector reform in the field of policing and its interaction with the justice system, in the framework of the Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP). Since 2007, experts from EU Member States provided assistance, mentoring, support and advice to the Congolese authorities. 

EU and Eastern Partners enhance cooperation on CSDP


The Eastern Partnership (EaP) Panel on cooperation in the area of Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) convened for the third time last week in Brussels

Visit of Lt General Wolfgang Wosolsobe to EUFOR RCA


On the 23 September 2014, the Director General of the European Union Military Staff, Lt General Wolfgang WOSOLSOBE paid a two-day fact finding visit to the Force Headquarters of the European Union Force Republic Central Africa (EUFOR RCA) in Bangui.

Pooling and Sharing in the area of Training and Education in practice


The European Security Defence College (ESDC) and EU Military Staff (EUMS) co-organized a 'Common Security and Defence Policy(CSDP) Orientation Course' and a 'Common Security and Defence Policy Foundation Training for EU Headquarters Course' in Brussels during the period, 8-12 September 2014.

Handover of computers and Child Rights and Policing booklets


Kabul, July 2014. EUPOL Gender and Human Rights Mentor/Advisor Mika Noori handed over 2,800 booklets on Child Rights and Policing along with two computers, projectors and IT equipment as part of the Child Rights and Policing project to BG Hekmat Shahi Rasooli, Head of Human Rights, Women Rights and Children Affairs General Directorate at the Afghan Ministry of Interior (MoI)

“Every single police officer must stop corruption”


Herat, July 2014. As many as 35 police officers from Police District 3 (PD3) attended an Anti-Corruption workshop in Herat province.

EUPOL welcomes the audit of the Afghan Presidential run-off votes


Kabul, July 2014. EUPOL welcomes the auditing process of the Afghan presidential run-off votes which has now commenced.

Formation en gestion de crises : Poste de Commandement (PC Mixtes Régionaux)


Dans le cadre des activités de formations d’EUCAP, pendant les quatre semaines de ce mois de Juillet 2014, un module de  formation en gestion de crises et aide à la prise de décision  a eu lieu au Q .G. d’EUCAP Sahel Niger au profit des membres des 8 Postes de Commandement mixtes Régionaux.

“To experience from each other”


On Wednesday 16 July 2014, the Commander of the Multinational Joined Headquarters Ulm, the very high ranking German Lieutenant General Richard Rossmanith visited the Hellenic Operation Headquarters of the European Union in Larissa, Greece.

Appointment of Acting Head of EUPOL COPPS


Rodolphe Mauget has been appointed Acting Head of Mission until further notice, following the appointment of Kenneth Deane as EU Civilian Operations Commander and Director of the EU Civilian Planning and Conduct Capability, effective from first of July.

Visite de la presse internationale au Niger et à EUCAP


Du 20 au 27 juin 2014 M. Gianandrea Gaiani, directeur de publication de la revue spécialisée italienne en sécurité et défense Analisi Difesa, a effectué une visite de travail au Niger et à la mission EUCAP.

EUBAM Libya attends Drug Abuse Day Seminar at Libyan Customs and is being thanked


EUBAM LIBYA attended a seminar last 23 June 2014 at the Libyan Customs in the beautiful Kasser al Hana venue. High-profile personalities took to the floor, amongst them the Head of the GNC and armed forces Nuri Abusahmin, the Minister of Finance Dr Kilani and the Head of Customs Mustafa al Turjman.

3rd EUBAM – Ra’s Ajdir meeting


Ra’s Ajdir is one of EUBAM’s most important Pilot Projects. Following inaugural meetings back in March 2014, local authorities in charge of the BCP and EUBAM Libya experts agreed to work hand in hand with a view to advance the projects due to give the Ra’s Ajdir BCP a profound “facial uplift”.

Misrata visit


EUBAM LIBYA went to Misrata on the 17 till 19 of June 2014.

Procureur et juges de la région à Djibouti pour un atelier régional sur la piraterie et autres crimes maritimes


Le 17 et 18 juin 2014, EUCAP Nestor a organisé à Djibouti le deuxième atelier régional pour procureur travaillant sur la piraterie et d'autres crimes maritimes.

Clôture du monitoring des formateurs de la PNC en Maintien et rétablissement de l’Ordre Public


Près de 60 formateurs de la Légion nationale d’intervention (LNI) et des Groupes Mobiles d’intervention (GMIs) Est et Ouest Kinshasa de la Police Nationale Congolaise (PNC) ont bénéficié du 19 mai au 14 juin 2014 d’une session d’évaluation et de remise à niveau en matière de Maintien et Rétablissement de l’ordre Public (MROP).

President of the European Commission José Manuel Barroso visits EUMM Field Office Mtskheta


On Friday, 13 June, José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission, shortly visited EUMM’s Field Office in Mtskheta within the framework of his one-day visit to Georgia. He handed over Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) medals and certificates to EUMM Mission members.

President of Slovenia, Mr Borut Pahor, visited EUFOR Althea


On 4 June 2014, the President of Slovenia, Mr Borut Pahor, visited EUFOR Althea to discuss the Slovenian contribution to EUFOR and to visit the Slovenian troops who are currently serving in BiH.

“Excellencies from all over Europe in Larissa Military Headquarters” - PSC and “Nikolaidis Group” visit in Larissa


The Hellenic EU Operation Headquarters, as the top military planner and leader of the European Union Forces to Central Africa Republic is again of high interest.

Study visit to Italy - Tarvisio 15-20 June 2014


The core mandate of EUBAM Libya includes support to the Libyan authorities in establishing an Integrated Border Management system in Libya. 

EUBAM – Ra’s Ajdir meeting


Ra’s Ajdir BCP is an interesting case study for EUBAM LIBYA: the local authorities in charge of the Border Control are very aware of the need to develop the standard of their BCP considering the challenges they need to face.

Swiss KFOR helicopter working in EUFOR returned to Kosovo


On 4 June 2014, the Swiss KFOR helicopter working in EUFOR returned to Kosovo.

Formation s'inscrivant dans la "judiciarisation" des forces armées du Niger


Le Mardi 3 Juin 2014, à l'occasion d'une mission à Tillabéry planifiée par le bureau Interopérabilité de la mission EUCAP Sahel, l'expert en police technique et scientifique M. Emmanuel Prat et l'expert visiteur en stratégie de formation M. Dominique Chevalier ont délivré une formation s'inscrivant dans la "judiciarisation" des forces armées du Niger.

Welcome Parade for EUFOR’s Intermediate Reserve troops


On 31 May 2014, in Camp Butmir, Sarajevo, a Welcome Parade was held for EUFOR’s Intermediate Reserve troops.

Training with the Libyan Naval Coast guard on basic boarding officer course


This May 2014 the EU Border Assistance Mission to Libya - EUBAM Libya - and the Malta based Maritime Safety & Security Training Centre AFM have started conducting a training with the Libyan Naval Coast guard on Basic Boarding Officer Course.

EUCAP Nestor concludes first basic training course for Somali Coast Guards and Port Police


Today, the EU’s maritime capacity building mission in the Horn of Africa and Western Indian Ocean, EUCAP Nestor, celebrated together with its Somali and Djiboutian partners the successful completion of the first basic training provided to 20 members of Galmudug Coast Guard and 30 members of Bosaso Port Police.

Secretary General of Djibouti MFA visits EUCAP Nestor Headquarters


On 28 May 2014 the Secretary General of the Djibouti Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mohamed Ali Hassan, visited EU mission EUCAP Nestor that has its regional Headquarter in Djibouti.

Poursuite des matinées juridiques à Goma et Bukavu dans le cadre du renforcement de l’interaction entre la police et la justice en matière de violences sexuelles


Des représentants du parquet civil et militaire, ainsi qu’une vingtaine des officiers de la police judiciaire (OPJ) de la PNC spécialisés en lutte contre les violences sexuelles ont participé, le 28 mai 2014, à Goma, au Nord Kivu, à une matinée juridique afin de renforcer la collaboration et l’échange entre les magistrats et les membres de la PNC (Police Nationale Congolaise) en matière de répression des infractions de violences sexuelles.

EUPOL COPPS organises workshops for Palestinian judges on independence of the judiciary


EUPOL COPPS organised a workshop in Ramallah for the judges of the Palestinian High Judicial Council (HJC) so as to discuss the optimum relationship between the judiciary and the executive authorities. 

EDA Sign Procurement Arrangement with EUFOR Althea


On 20 May, Claude-France Arnould Chief Executive of the European Defence Agency (EDA) met with General Sir Adrian Bradshaw the Operation Commander of EUFOR Althea and Deputy SACEUR.

Participation d’EUCAP Sahel Niger à la « journée portes ouvertes » de l’UE du 17 mai 2014.


Le samedi 17 mai 2014, les Institutions Européennes à Bruxelles ont invitées  les citoyens à découvrir les coulisses de l’Europe à travers une journée portes ouvertes au palais du Conseil de l’UE.  La journée a vu la participation de toutes les missions civiles Européennes (PSDC) mais également de toutes les missions militaires.

EUPOL COPPS and Palestinian delegation participate in EU Day in Brussels


A joint delegation of EUPOL COPPS, the Palestinian Civil Police (PCP) and the Palestinian Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) participated in Brussels in the celebrations of Europe Day which was organised by the European External Action Service.

High ranking interest in the Hellenic EU Operation Headquarters in Larissa


Larissa: Probably the highest number of generals ever showed up in Larissa last week. The Military Committee and the Military Staff of the European Union, located in Brussels, Belgium visited the European Union Operation Headquarters (EU OHQ) in Larissa, Greece.

“Stop anarchy and humanitarian misery in Central Africa”


About 150 journalists attended the press conference in Brussels held on the 2 April 2014  by the EU Operation Commander of the EU Forces in Central Africa.

The Minister of Defence Mohamed Sheikh Hassan Hamud sign the ministerial guidance on defence policy year 2014 – 2016


0n the 23 of March, the Minister of Defence Mohamed Sheikh Hassan Hamud, during a meeting in Villa Somalia with General Massimo Mingiardi, Mission Commander EUTM SOMALIA, and Colonel Massimiliano Perrotta, EUTM SOMALIA Strategic Advisor to the Minister of Defence, and Sheikh Musse Abdulle Mohamud, Permanent Secretary for Defence, has signed the Ministerial Guidance on Defence Policy Year 2014 – 2016.

Visit of the French Minister of Defense


On the 21 March 2014 the French Minister of Defense, Jean-Yves Le Drian visited the EU Operation Headquarters Republic Central Africa in Larissa, Greece.

Chairman EUMC Visited Japan


The Chairman of the European Union Military Committee, general Patrick de Rousiers, has briefed the Committee on his recent visit to Japan on 6-10 March on the invitation by the Japanese Chief of Staff, General Iwasaki.

General Mingiardi and Rear Admiral Tarrant sign planning directive to the collective staff for joint contingency planning


0n 26 February, in Nairobi, General Massimo MINGIARDI, Mission Commander EUTM SOMALIA, and Rear Admiral Bob TARRANT, Operation Commander European Union Naval Force Somalia, signed a Joint Planning Directive to the collective staff for Joint Contingency Planning.

Eutm Somalia starts its training activities In Mogadishu


0n 23 February, the official ceremony for the inauguration of the first “Train the Trainers” course, planned and organized by EUTM Somalia took place at Jazeera Training Camp (JTC) in Mogadishu.

EU Border Assistance Mission supports Libyan Customs


On February 19th, EUBAM Libya attended a graduation ceremony for over 1,000 customs recruits at the Customs Training Centre in Tripoli.

EU Defence ministers discuss EU military operations and the future of CSDP in Athens


The Informal Meeting of EU Defence Ministers will take place in Athens on 20-21 February. It will be chaired by Greek Minister of National Defence Dimitris Avramopoulos on behalf of the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Catherine Ashton.

Council conclusions on Common Security and Defence Policy


In view of the European Council of 19-20 December which is expected to provide a new steer for the Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP), the Council has over recent weeks studied High Representative Catherine Ashton’s report and the Commission’s communication on the defence sector.

Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) orientation Course


General Patrick de Rousiers, Chairman of the European Union Military Committee, has addressed the participants to the CSDP Orientation Course, on the 4 November 2013.

Director General of the EU Military Staff, Lieutenant General Wolfgang WOSOLSOBE, visited the National Defence University (NDU), Warsaw, Poland


On Thursday, 24th October 2013, the Director General of the EU Military Staff, Lieutenant General Wolfgang WOSOLSOBE, visited the National Defence University (NDU), Warsaw, Poland.

ISAP Accreditation in Basra


On 25th September seven ICS staff from Iraqi Correctional Service (ICS) Southern Region received accreditation as trainers in ISAP (International Standards Audit Programme) and recognised competencies to conduct training in Prison Leadership and Prisoner Classification.

EUTM SOMALIA: New Commander In Mogadishu


On the 24th September 2013, Colonel. Lorenzo CUCCINIELLO (ITA) took over as the new Commander of the Mentoring, Advisory and Training Element (MATE) of the European Union’s Training Mission in Somalia.

Baghdad Penitentiary team second workshop/MMA-activity on prisoners’ Rehabilitation and Reintegration


On 17-18 September 2013, the EUJUST LEX-Iraq Penitentiary team in Baghdad conducted a second workshop/MMA-activity on prisoners’ rehabilitation and reintegration for Iraqi Correction Service (ICS) senior management. Risk - and needs assessment and sentence planning are baselines in the rehabilitation and reintegration process of a prisoner.

Medal Parade in EUTM Somalia, Kampala (Uganda)


On 10th September, European Union Training Mission Somalia Commander, Brigadier General Gerard AHERNE (IRL) awarded seven (7) EUTM members of his Mission Headquarters (MHQ) staff with the Union Common Security and Defense Policy Service Medal for Somalia. Staff members awarded came from several EU member states (Finland, Germany, Italy and Spain).

30 juillet 2013. Signature de l'accord (SOMA) concernant le statut d'EUCAP SAHEL Niger.


Le Ministre des affaires étrangères et de la coopération, de l’intégration africaine et des nigériens à l’extérieur Mohamed Bazoum, au nom du Niger, et le Chef de délégation de l’UE au Niger Hans-Peter Schadek, pour l’UE, ont signé le 30 juillet 2013 l’accord de siège (SOMA) concernant la mission civile EUCAP SAHEL Niger.

EU and Somalia to organise a ‘New Deal for Somalia Conference’ in September


The EU and the Federal Government of Somalia will host “The New Deal For Somalia Confer- ence” in Brussels on 16 September. The interna- tional conference aimes to endorse the “New Deal Compact” that will commit the Somali people and their inter- national partners to a set of key priorities and new support for the reconstruction of Somalia over the next 3 years. This Compact is a milestone in the ”New Deal for fragile states” framework which commits both national and international partners to jointly deliver on the most critical political, security and socioeconomic priorities.

EU capabilities


The EU draws on military and civilian resources from its Member States.

EUTM Mali - La compagnie de protection de Koulikoro


La compagnie de force protection de Koulikoro est arrivée au camp de formation le vendredi 22 mars 2013 en fin d’après-midi. Partie de France le 17 mars, elle est arrivée à Dakar, au Sénégal, en fin de journée.

EU Common Security and Defence Policy: how does it work?


The EU can decide to launch civilian and military missions to ensure peace and security in troubled regions.

Green light for civilian mission to support border security in Libya


On the 22 May 2013 the Council established a civilian EU integrated border management assistance mission in Libya (EUBAM Libya). It will support capacity building for enhancing the security of Libya's land, sea and air borders and is expected to gradually start deploying in June.

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