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European Union training mission in Mali: Council extends mission for two years with broadened mandate to include support for G5 Sahel Joint Force

The Council also agreed to allocate a significantly increased budget of € 59.7 millionto the mission for the period from 19 May 2018 to 18 May 2020

The Council extended the mandate of the EU training mission in Mali (EUTM Mali) for two years, until 18 May 2020. The Council also amended the mandate of the mission to include in its objectives the provision of advice and training support to the G5 Sahel Joint Force, as part of the…

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EUCAP Sahel Niger: new head of mission appointed

Frank Van der Mueren takes over from Ms Kirsi Henriksson, who had held the post from July 2016 to March 2018

Frank Van der Mueren, a Belgian senior police official, has been appointed as new Head of the European Union's civilian capacity building mission in Niger, EUCAP Sahel Niger. Frank Van der Mueren was previously seconded to EUCAP Sahel Mali as deputy Head of Mission and Chief of Staff since 2016. He…

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South Sudan: Council adopts conclusions

The conclusions note that 2018 is a critical year for securing peace in South Sudan

On 16 April 2018, the Council adopted conclusions on South Sudan.   The conclusions note that 2018 is a critical year for securing peace in South Sudan, as the term of the transitional government of National Unity as set out in the Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan (ARCSS)…

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South Sudan: European Union adds 3 persons involved in serious human rights violation to sanctions list

The decision brings the total number of persons under restrictive measures in view of the situation in South Sudan to nine

The Council has added 3 persons involved in serious human rights violations to the list of those submitted to a travel ban and an asset freeze in view of the situation in South Sudan. The Council adopted this decision in view of the ever deteriorating humanitarian and security situation in South Sudan,…

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Declaration by the High Representative on behalf of the European Union on President Al-Bashir's visit to Chad

The European Union and its Member States regret that Chad, a State party to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC), did not comply with its obligations under international law and as a State Party to the ICC and did not surrender President Al-Bashir to the Court

Declaration by the High Representative on behalf of the European Union on President Al-Bashir's visit to Chad: Based on the information we received, on 1 December President Omar Al-Bashir visited Chad. The European Union and its Member States regret that Chad, a State party to the Rome Statute of the…

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EUNAVFOR Somalia Operation Atalanta: new Operation Commander appointed

The operation is part of the EU's comprehensive approach for a peaceful, stable and democratic Somalia

Today, the EU's Political and Security Committee has appointed Major General Charlie Stickland, a high-ranking military official in the Royal Marines, as new Operation Commander of the Operation Atalanta. He will take up his duties on 7 November 2017. The European Union Naval Force (EU NAVFOR) Operation Atalanta contributes to…

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Burundi: EU renews sanctions until 31 October 2018

These measures consist of a travel ban and asset freeze against four persons whose activities are deemed to be undermining democratic governance

On 23 October 2017, the Council renewed the EU restrictive measures against Burundi for another year until 31 October 2018. These measures consist of a travel ban and asset freeze against four persons whose activities are deemed to be undermining democratic governance and obstructing the search for a peaceful political…

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Mali: sanctions may be imposed on actors impeding the peace process

The provisions can be found in full in the legal acts which will be published in the Official Journal on 29 September 2017

The Council has transposed into legal acts the provisions of United Nations Security Council resolution 2374 (2017), which allows sanctions to be imposed on those actively stymieing progress in implementing the agreement on peace and reconciliation in Mali, signed in 2015. The targeted individuals and entities will be designated, where appropriate, by the…

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EU and Egypt adopt their partnership priorities

The EU and Egypt will cooperate in advancing socio-economic goals set out in Egypt's "Sustainable development strategy - Vision 2030", with a view to building a stable and prosperous Egypt

Today's EU-Egypt Association Council endorsed the EU-Egypt partnership priorities for 2017-2020. The aim of the partnership priorities is to address common challenges, to promote joint interests and to guarantee long-term stability on both sides of the Mediterranean.  The EU-Egypt partnership priorities are guided by a shared commitment to the universal…