Belgium: EU increases budget of security mission in Mali

Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - The Council of the European Union on Monday announced it has increased the budget of The European Union capacity building mission (EUCAP) Sahel Mali by EUR 4.925 million bringing the total budget of the mission for 2016 to EUR 19 million.

In a press release, the Council said that this EU civilian mission supports the three Malian internal security forces: police, gendarmerie and national guard.

Following security incidents in Bamako, notably the November 2015 attack against the Radisson Hotel, and the March 2016 attack against the EUTM Mali compound, a European Union multinational military training mission headquartered in Bamako, Mali, the Council decided to increase the budget of EUCAP Sahel Mali.

"This will enhance the ability of the mission to support Malian security sector reform and ensure the mission' staff are protected by appropriate security measures," the statement said.  

EUCAP Sahel Mali supports the Malian state to ensure constitutional and democratic order and the conditions for lasting peace as well as to maintain its authority throughout the entire territory.

The mission provides training and strategic advice to the Malian police, gendarmerie and national guard as well as relevant ministries in order to support reform in the security sector. The mission is part of the EU's comprehensive approach to security and development in the Sahel.

Two other Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) missions are in place in the region: Military Training Mission in Mali (EUTM Mali) which contributes to the restructuring and the reorganisation of the Malian Armed Forces through training and advice and EUCAP Sahel Niger which supports the fight against organised crime and terrorism.

EUCAP Sahel Mali was launched on 15 April 2014. The Head of mission, Mr. Albrecht Conze, from Germany, had his mandate recently extended to 14 January 2017. The headquarters of the mission is located in Bamako, Mali.
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06 june 2016 11:49:46

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