EU Mission in Armenia launches a new phase in the EU’s engagement in the South Caucasus. The EU Mission in Armenia  is tasked with observing and reporting on the situation on the ground; contributing to human security in conflict-affected areas and based on the above, contributing to build confidence between populations of both Armenia and Azerbaijan and, where possible, their authorities.

The Mission has a two-year mandate and will involve up to 100 staff, including EU experts and monitors. It will become fully operational in the coming weeks.

The EU established the Mission in  response to an official request by the Armenian authorities to deploy a full-fledged EU civilian mission on the ground. This deployment follows the successful experience of the EU Monitoring Capacity (EUMCAP) deployed previously on the Armenian side of the Armenia-Azerbaijan border between 20 October 2022 and 19 December 2022. The EU Mission in Armenia is expected to support the EU’s efforts to promote peace, including President of the European Council Michel’s facilitated leaders’ meetings.

EUMA will be deployed in several locations across Armenia’s territory, in border regions with Azerbaijan. Its area of operation will cover the entire length of the border with Azerbaijan, including the Nakhchivan section. EUMA’s headquarters will be established in Yeghegnadzor. It will have several field offices and also a separate liaison office in Yerevan.

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    Portrait Dr Markus Ritter

Dr. Markus Ritter

Head of Mission for the European Union Mission in Armenia

Born 1962, married, two children

Dr. Markus Ritter, Head of Mission of the European Union Mission in Armenia (EUMA), is a senior police officer with extensive experience on national and international level. During his 27 years of professional career with the German Federal Police, he held various leadership positions on executive and staff level. Initially commanding a crowd and riot police Battalion 1997/1998, he headed various Federal Border Guard sections, succeeded by the position as Deputy Director of the Border Guard Department at Frankfurt Airport 2002 - 2004. Following two years as Head of Section for International Police Cooperation at the Federal Police Central Office in Koblenz 2006/2007, he served 2008 – 2012 as Head of a regional Border Police Department in Kaiserslautern and 2014 as Senior Officer at the Federal Police Central Office in Potsdam. In 2014 Ritter was appointed Vice President of the Regional Federal Police Directorate Frankfurt International Airport, succeeded by his promotion to President of the Regional Federal Police Directorate Stuttgart in 2020, where he stayed until February 2023.

Moreover, Ritter gained extensive experience during five international deployments:

  • 2004/2005 as Chief of Staff for UNMIK/Kosovo
  • 2007/2008 as Chief of Staff for UNOMIG/Georgia
  • 2009 - 2011 as Head of German Police Project Team (GPPT) in Afghanistan
  • 2012/2013 as Head of Planning and Operations for European Union Aviation Security Mission (EUAVSEC) in Juba, South Sudan
  • 2017 – 2019 as Head of Mission for the European Union Advisory Mission (EUAM) in Bagdad, Iraq.

In February 2023 he was appointed Head of Mission of the EUMA.

His academic background is as follows:

  • 1989 – 1994 he studied law at Heidelberg University and holds a Master’s degree in Law (First State Examination in Law).
  • 1995/1996 Legal clerkship at the District Court of Heidelberg to obtain the Second State Examination in Law in 1996 and parallel post-graduate studies of Administrative Sciences at the German University of Administrative Sciences in Speyer.
  • He holds an M.A. in Administrative Sciences since 1996.
  • 1999 Doctorate (PhD) at the German University of Administrative Sciences Speyer.

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