EU extends mandate of advisory mission in Ukraine for two years

EU extends mandate of advisory mission in Ukraine for two years

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The European Union has extended the mandate of the EU Advisory Mission (EUAM) in Ukraine until May 31, 2021, according to a statement posted on the website of the European Council.

"Today, the Council extended the mandate of the European Union Advisory Mission (EUAM) in Ukraine until 31 May 2021. It also approved a budget of EUR 54 million for the next two years, an increase of more than 25%, which reflects the intensification of the mission's activities, including through the establishment of a second mobile unit, which will be deployed in the east and south-east of Ukraine," the statement reads.

It also recalls that EUAM Ukraine’s overall objective is to support Ukraine in developing sustainable, accountable and efficient security services that strengthen the rule of law. This process is ultimately designed to restore the trust of the Ukrainian people in their civilian security services. The mission supports the reform of the civilian security sector, in close cooperation with the police, other law enforcement agencies and the judicial sector, particularly the prosecutor's office.

The mission provides strategic advice to the Ukrainian authorities and supports them through operational activities, including training. The mission has five priorities, in particular, human resource management, criminal investigation, public order, community policing, and delineation of competencies. For example, EUAM Ukraine has assisted in the implementation of a new concept on public order, and is currently advising on security service reform and parliamentary oversight, which are derived from a law on national security adopted in June 2018.

The document notes that EUAM Ukraine is an unarmed, non-executive civilian mission with its headquarters in Kyiv and field offices in Lviv and Kharkiv and Odesa. It also carries out projects across the country. It was established on 22 July 2014. It began operations on 1 December 2014 and has currently a team of over 300 staff.

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