The European Union approved the launch of the Common African Security and Defense Policy Advisory Mission to the Central African Republic (EUAM RCA) on Thursday, a project that was approved in December 2019 but will not go into operation until August this year.
The mission will initially take two years and will be headed by the EU Mission Director, Paulo Soares. The aim is to support the reform of the internal security forces so that the local authorities can alleviate the current security problems in the EU, as stated by the EU Council in a statement.
In this way, experts posted by the EU will support the Ministry of the Interior and the internal security forces (police and gendarmerie) in their cooperation across the country.
According to the council, it is an operation that is closely coordinated with the United Nations Mission (MINUSCA) and is also supported by the other European Mission in the Central African Republic for Military Training (EUTM RCA), whose mandate this Thursday as well was extended until September 19, 2022.
It is a military training mission set up by the EU in 2016 to provide strategic advice to the country’s political and military authorities and to instruct and train its armed forces.