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Germany to support EU civilian mission in Ukraine

18.09.2014 - Article

The Federal Cabinet decided on Wednesday (17 September) to contribute human resources to the EU civilian mission to reform the Ukrainian security sector.

The Federal Cabinet decided on Wednesday (17 September) to contribute human resources to the EU civilian mission to reform the Ukrainian security sector.

Steinmeier and Merkel at the Cabinet meeting
Steinmeier and Merkel at the Cabinet meeting© picture alliance / dpa

At its meeting on Wednesday, the Federal Cabinet approved the participation of up to 20 civilian experts and police officers from Germany in the EU Advisory Mission for Civilian Security Sector Reform Ukraine (EUAM Ukraine).

The advisory mission was established at the end of July by the European Union foreign ministers. The civilian members of the mission are to support Ukraine in its efforts to reform and restructure its security sector. The mission has initially been scheduled to last two years and will be headquartered in the Ukrainian capital Kyiv.

Preparatory team in Kyiv

The Maidan (Independence Square) in Kyiv
The Maidan (Independence Square) in Kyiv© picture alliance / dpa

A small European preparatory team is currently on the ground in Kyiv. A German police officer is a member of the advance team. The mission will continue to be built up in the coming weeks and will be bolstered by further police offers as well as civilian experts from Germany by the end of the month.

The Ukrainian government supports the mission and hopes it will generate new ideas for the reforms already under way in the civilian security sector.

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