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The European Union military partnership mission (EUMPM) Niger: Council decides not to extend the mandate of the mission

The mission was established in December 2022 at the request of the former Nigerien authorities to enhance the ability of the Niger Armed Forces to contain the terrorist threat

The Council today decided to not extend the European Union military partnership mission in Niger (EUMPM) beyond 30 June 2024, in view of the grave current political situation in the country. The mission was established in December 2022 at the request of the former Nigerien authorities to enhance the ability of…

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Mozambique: Council extends the mandate of the European Union training mission until 2026 and paves the way for its evolution into a European Union Military Assistance Mission

The mission has supported the capacity building of the units of the Mozambican armed forces that have then become part of the QRF

The Council today prolonged the mandate of the EU Training Mission in Mozambique, until 30 June 2026, with a budget allocation of over €14 million for this period. Furthermore, the Council decided to adapt the strategic objectives of the mission to new circumstances, thereby favouring its transition from a training to an…

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Ethiopia: Council restricts visa provision

The standard visa-processing period now becomes 45 calendar days instead of 15

Today, the Council decided to temporarily suspend certain elements of the EU law that regulates the issuing of visas to Ethiopian nationals. In particular, it will no longer be possible for member states: to waive requirements with regard to the evidence to be submitted by Ethiopian visa applicants to issue…

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European Peace Facility: Council adopts an assistance measure to support the Armed Forces of Côte d'Ivoire

This support will strengthen the operational capabilities of the Ivoirian Armed Forces to secure areas close to land borders and to counter non-state armed groups

The Council today adopted an assistance measure worth €15 million under the European Peace Facility to support the Armed Forces of Côte d'Ivoire. This support will strengthen the operational capabilities of the Ivoirian Armed Forces to secure areas close to land borders and to counter non-state armed groups, which are destabilising the country and the whole West Africa…

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Maritime Security: European Union to become an observer of the Djibouti Code of Conduct/Jeddah Amendment

The EU signals its strong support for an effective regional maritime security architecture, while strengthening its presence and engagement as a global maritime security provider in the fight against illegal activities at sea

The EU will soon become a ‘Friend’ (i.e., observer) of the Djibouti Code of Conduct/Jeddah Amendment, a regional cooperation framework to tackle piracy, armed robbery, human trafficking and other illegal maritime activities in the North-Western Indian Ocean, including the Gulf of Aden and the Red Sea. The Council today formally…

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Rwanda: Statement by the High Representative on behalf of the European Union (EU) on the occasion of the 30th commemoration of the Genocide Against the Tutsi

The European Union joins the Rwandan nation and its people in the remembrance of the over 1 million men, women and children who were murdered in a campaign of deliberate atrocities

Today, 7 April 2024, marks the 30th commemoration of the genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda. On this solemn, tragic occasion, the European Union joins the Rwandan nation and its people in the remembrance of the over 1 million men, women and children who were murdered in a campaign of…

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New Heads of Mission appointed for European Union Monitoring Mission in Georgia (EUMM Georgia); the EU Police Mission for the Palestinian Territories (EUPOL COPPS); and the EU Capacity Building Mission in Somalia (EUCAP Somalia)

The decision to appoint Major General Boughani, Ms Limdan and Mr Lančinskas was taken by the Political and Security Committee

The Council appointed today new Heads of Mission (HoM) for three EU’s civilian missions: the EU Monitoring Mission in Georgia (EUMM Georgia); the EU Police Mission for the Palestinian Territories (EUPOL COPPS); and the EU Capacity Building Mission in Somalia (EUCAP Somalia). Major General Bettina Boughani was appointed as HoM of EUMM Georgia…

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Zimbabwe: Council renews restrictive measures for a further year

The EU measures in place consist of an embargo on arms and equipment which might be used for internal repression

The Council today renewed its restrictive measures in view of the situation in Zimbabwe for a further year, until 20 February 2025. The EU measures in place consist of an embargo on arms and equipment which might be used for internal repression, and a targeted assets freeze against one entity, Zimbabwe Defence Industries. Since February 2022 there…

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Fight against terrorism: Council adds an individual to its autonomous sanctions list against ISIL(Da'esh) and Al-Qaida

The measures target Ahmed Khaled Müller, a member of Al-Shabab in Somalia

The Council today decided to add one individual to the list of those subject to restrictive measures against ISIL (Da'esh) and Al-Qaeda and persons, groups, undertakings and entities associated with them. The measures target Ahmed Khaled Müller, a member of Al-Shabab in Somalia. The sanctioned individual has participated in combat operations and committed terrorist…

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Gulf of Guinea: Council launches an European Union (EU) Security and Defence Initiative

This initiative is part of the EU’s integrated approach to the region and will contribute to support Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Togo and Benin in tackling instability and insecurity challenges

The Council today adopted a decision launching the EU security and defence initiative in support of West African countries of the Gulf of Guinea, for an initial duration of two years. It also approved the operation and mission plans for the civilian and the military pillars of the initiative, respectively. With…