On 15 April 2014, the Council of the European Union approved the mandate of EUCAP Sahel Mali (Council decision 2014/219/CFSP

In support of Mali's active efforts to restore state authority, and in close coordination with other international partners, particularly the Delegation of the European Union and the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA), EUCAP Sahel Mali is providing assistance and advice to the national police, the national gendarmerie and the national guard in the implementation of the security reform set out by the new government, with a view to:

  • Improving their operational efficiency
  • Re-establishing their respective hierarchical chains
  • Reinforcing the role of judicial and administrative authorities with regard to the management and supervision of their missions
  • Facilitating their redeployment to the north of the country

Following a strategic review of the mission in 2016 - after the first 18 months in Mali - two main recommendations were made:

  • Recommendation 1 to (a) extend the mandate for 24 months & (b) keep the 3 pillars - strategic advice, training and cooperation & coordination
  • Recommendation 2 strengthen the mandate to:
    • strengthen the internal security forces' capacity in the fight against terrorism & organised crime
    • Support Mali in managing migration flows and border management
    • Open up trainings to internal security forces from other G5 Sahel countries if invited by Mali
    • Support regionalisation by inserting liaison officers in other G5 Sahel countries
    • Progressively deploy advice and training to the regions of Mali

These recommendations were incorporated in renewed mandate that was adopted on 11 January 2017, the Council of the European Union. The renewed mandate extends the Mission until January 2019 and includes a reference to ‘the Accord for Peace & Reconciliation’ and Instructions to contribute to the inter-operability & coordination of the internal security forces of the G5 Sahel countries and the Malian internal security forces.

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Legal basis
Head of Mission

Frank Van der Mueren - HoM
Frank Van der Mueren is as of 15 July 2017 the acting Head of Mission of the EU civilian mission in Mali (EUCAP Sahel Mali). A Chief-Superintendent of the Belgian Federal Police, he will succeed Albrecht Conze, until the deployment of the incoming Head of Mission. Since September 2016 he served as Deputy Head of Mission and Chief-of-Staff.

His previous appointments in CSDP Missions were as Team Leader for the Rule-of-Law office and later the Liaison officer to Mali in the EUCAP Sahel Niger mission (2012-2014), before taking up a senior post as Director of Operations in the Belgian Judicial Police (2014-2016).

Frank Van der Mueren holds a BA in Political and Social Sciences and a MA in Criminology, both from the University of Ghent (Belgium) and he is a graduate of the Senior Officers' School of the Belgian Police.

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Structure of the Mission

The mission currently operates with some 100 international experts - civilian advisors and police officers - from 12 European countries and almost 50 national staff.

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EU Structures

The European Union's Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) includes the gradual framing of a common defence policy which might in time lead to a common defence. The CSDP allows the Union to develop its civilian and military capabilities for crisis management and conflict prevention at international level, thus helping to maintain peace and international security, in accordance with the United Nations Charter. The CSDP includes a strong conflict prevention component.

Based in Brussels, the Civilian Planning and Conduct Capability (CPCC) is the permanent structure responsible for the autonomous operational conduct of civilian CSDP operations. Under the political control and strategic direction of the Political and Security Committee and the overall authority of the High Representative, the CPCC ensures the effective planning and conduct of civilian CSDP crisis management operations, as well as the proper implementation of all mission-related tasks.
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Federica Mogherini
The European External Action Service (EEAS) is the European Union's diplomatic service. It helps the EU's foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini – the High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy – carry out the Union's Common Foreign and Security Policy. Its role is to make sure the voice of the European Union and its people are heard in the world. The EEAS is responsible for the running of EU Delegations and Offices around the world.
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The European Union is represented in Mali by the Delegation of the European Union. The Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Mali represents all the European institutions in the country; it ensures the local presence of the European Union and is the interface between the headquarters of the European Union and the authorities of Mali. The Delegation and plays an important role in analyzing the local situation from both a political and an economic point of view, thus contributing to the definition of the strategy of the EU vis-à-vis Mali and the subregion and the programming of cooperation with the country.
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"The restoration of a lasting peace in Mali is essential for long term stability in the Sahel region and in a broader sense for Africa and Europe."
At the request of the Malian Government and on the basis of UN resolutions, in particular the UN Security Council Resolution 2085, the Member States of the European Union agreed to establish a mission to train the Malian Armed Forces (MaAF), in the framework of the EU Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP). The First Mandate for the European Union Training Mission in Mali (EUTM Mali) was established in February 2013.
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