A civilian European Union mission with German involvement to reform the Ukrainian security sector
At the invitation of the Ukrainian Government, the EU Foreign Affairs Council decided on 22 July 2014 to set up the civilian EU Mission EUAM Ukraine. EUAM stands for European Union Advisory Mission. Its aim is to assist Ukraine in reforming the civilian security sector, including police and the rule of law. The Mission has been mandated for an initial two years and is headquartered in the Ukrainian capital Kyiv. Cooperation is envisaged with EUBAM, the European Union Border Assistance Mission to Moldova and Ukraine, which is likewise of a civilian nature, and with other international partners on the ground.
Germany has participated actively in the Mission from the outset. After signature of the Status of Mission Agreement (SOMA) on 4 February 2015, the Mission fully began operations. According to a cabinet decision of 17 September 2014, Germany will contribute up to 20 German police officers as well as civilian experts.