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Central African Republic: Council adopts conclusions

On 15 October 2018, the Council discussed and adopted conclusions on the Central African Republic

In its conclusions, the Council underlines that the situation in the Central African Republic (CAR) is still very fragile and that the EU remains engaged in support of the country. The EU emphasises the need to continue working, through its various instruments, to help the CAR get back on the road…

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EUCAP Sahel Niger: Council extends the mission for two years

EUCAP Sahel Niger provides advice and training to support the Nigerien authorities in strengthening their security capabilities since its launch in 2012

On 18 September 2018, the Council extended the mandate of EUCAP Sahel Niger until 30 September 2020 and agreed on a budget of €63.4 million for the period 1 October 2018 to 30 September 2020. The Council also updated the mission's mandate. EUCAP Sahel Niger provides advice and training to support the…

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South Sudan: European Union transposes United Nations Security Council resolution 2428 reinforcing sanctions

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

The Council has transposed UN Security Council resolution 2428 (2018) which notably imposes an arms embargo and adds two persons to the list of persons and entities subject to restrictive measures. The EU already had an arms embargo in place on South Sudan since 2011. The two persons added had also already been sanctioned…

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EU NAVFOR Somalia Operation Atalanta: Council prolongs the Operation and decides on new headquarters and new Operation Commander

It appointed Vice Admiral Antonio Martorell Lacave from the Spanish Navy as new Operation Commander to take command

The Council today extended the mandate of EU NAVFOR Somalia Operation Atalanta until 31 December 2020. The Council also decided to relocate the European Union Naval Force (EU NAVFOR) Operational Headquarters from Northwood (UK) to Rota (Spain), and to Brest (France) for the Maritime Security Centre Horn of Africa (MSCHOA)…

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Central African Republic: military training mission expanded and extended

The mission contributes to security sector reform in the country

On 30 July 2018, the Council extended the mandate of the EU military training mission in the Central African Republic (EUTM RCA) by two years, i.e. until 19 September 2020. The Council also modified the mandate of the mission to enable it to give strategic advice not only to the…

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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,…