The ceremony marking the transfer of command of the European Training Mission in Mali between General Marc Rudkiewicz (FRA) and General Alfonso García-Vaquero (ESP) took place Friday, October 24th, at the Peacekeeping School Alioune Blondin Beye, in Bamako.
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.
"General de Rousiers, Chairman of the European Union Military Committee, expresses his deep sorrow for the death on 5 November 2014 of caporal-chef Moana Heiarii who was serving in the EUFOR RCA operation in Bangui".
It directs all EU military activities and provides the Political and Security Committee (PSC) with advice and recommendations on military matters.
The EUMC is composed of the Chiefs of Defence (CHOD) of the Member States, who are regularly represented by their permanent Military Representatives (MilReps).
The EUMC has a permanent Chairman, selected by the Chiefs of Defence of the Member States and appointed by the Council.