The Council subsequently renewed the mandate of EUCAP Sahel Mali in 2017, 2019 and 2021, adjusting the Mission’s structure and activities to the evolving operational context and needs of its partners, and in line with the European regionalization approach in the Sahel region. On 11 January 2021, the Council extended the mandate of EUCAP Sahel Mali until 31 January 2023, allocating a budget of over €89 million for the two-year period. 

In light of the ongoing  challenges, the mission provides strategic advice, training and accompagnement to the Malian Police, Gendarmerie and National Guard and the relevant ministries. The Mission notably supports its partners in strengthening their capabilities in the areas of human resources management, counterterrorism, organized crime, border management, logistics management, rule of law, fight against impunity and the redeployment of the civilian administration. The Mission gears all efforts to support the security sector reform, by promoting human rights, gender equality and accountability of the security forces, with the ultimate goal of creating sustainable conditions for the deployment of state authorities and essential services across the country.

As part of the broader Team Europe in the country, EUCAP Sahel Mali promotes an integrated and regional approach to human security and accountability. In line with the international initiatives and the EU comprehensive engagements and its strategy in the Sahel, the Mission operates in close coordination with the other CDSP missions: EUTM, EUCAP Sahel Niger and EUBAM Libya.

The New Mandate 2021-2023


Key priorities for the mission include supporting:

  • improved governance and the fight against impunity in the security forces
  • the redeployment of internal security forces and return of the State and civil administration
  • the transition authorities and internal security forces in securing the electoral process


Line of Operation 1: Support to structural capacities

EUCAP Sahel Mali advises the Malian internal security forces and relevant departments to implement the security sector reform in Mali. This includes support to improve the human resources management within the forces, logistics management, as well as to develop secured information and communication systems and to modernize management practices and control of their services, by:

  • a human resources database
  • an employment policy and staff management database
  • a baseline for staffing
  • a skills-based staff recruitment policy
  • operational management methods to help restore hierarchical links
  • audit and inspection units within the general forces inspectorate

The mission is helping to set up a master plan for training, to overhaul initial training (structures and content) and to relaunch continuing training.


Line of Operation 2: Strengthening of operational capacities

The Mission’s experts support the operational capacities of their partners in multiple areas, including fight against terrorism and organized crime, border management, good governance, rule of law, fight against impunity.

The trainings delivered by the Mission cover diverse subjects such as management and command, professional ethics, human rights and gender equality, intelligence techniques, professional intervention, forensic investigations, counter-terrorism and public order. The training is primarily addressed at senior and intermediate staff. The increased focus on “train the trainers” has contributed to enhancing the transfer-of skills and the national ownership of the training methodology.


Line of Operation 3: Strengthening of ethical standards of the internal security forces

The Mission supports the strengthening of ethical standards of the internal security forces, enhancing respect of human rights and gender balance, trust-building between security forces and the population, prevention of deviant behavior by internal security forces, inspection services and fight against impunity.


Regional Coordination Cell

In line with its CSDP regionalization approach in the Sahel since 2017, the European Union supports the enhanced cooperation between the G5 Sahel countries (Chad, Burkina Faso, Mali, Mauritania, and Niger) to achieve a common approach to regional challenges. To this end, the Mission, through a Regional Advisory and Coordination Cell (RACC) based in Mauritania, supports regional and cross border cooperation in the Sahel and strengthens the national capacities of the G5 Sahel countries.

The official text of the new Mandate is available here.

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    Mr. Hervé Flahaut, Head of the EUCAP Sahel Mali mission

Head of mission

Mr. Hervé FLAHAUT is Commissioner General of Police with more than 30 years of professional experience as an executive. He has experience in the field of intelligence, investigations and public security and has a solid knowledge of border management and of fight against illegal migration. He has spent much of his career in the field of internal police cooperation and security sector reform.

Before being appointed Head of the EUCAP Sahel Mali mission, Mr. Flahaut was mission officer to the diplomatic adviser to the French Minister of the Interior (since November 2018), with a particular focus on security issues and European political initiatives in the Sahel region.

Previously, he held various management positions within the French police for fifteen years, including three years as head or deputy head of special services and three years as head of a police station.

His international missions amount to 19 years, with 3 police attaché positions in the Caribbean, South-East Asia and Europe. He was also responsible for the implementation of several border police reform projects in Hungary and Slovakia, within the framework of the EU "PHARE" program, with a view to the extension of the Schengen area. .

He has 9 years of experience in the field of CSDP. He was Deputy Head of EUPOL RD Congo for more than 3 years and created an operational evaluation process within the framework of EUCAP Sahel Mali. Mr. Flahaut was SNE for 4 years at the CPCC, where he acquired in-depth knowledge of EU institutions and coordination mechanisms.

He holds a degree in political science, Institute of Political Studies, Lyon, France - 1985.

He speaks French, English and Spanish.


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