European Council grants extension to EU Advisory Mission in Ukraine

European Council grants extension to EU Advisory Mission in Ukraine

The FINANCIAL -- On 20 November, the European Council extended the mandate of the European Union Advisory Mission (EUAM) in Ukraine until 31 May 2019 and approved a budget of €32 million for the next 18 months.

The European Union Advisory Mission for Civilian Security Sector Reform Ukraine (EUAM Ukraine) has been deployed since December 2014, with a mandate to support Ukrainian state agencies in the reform of the civilian security sector. “The mission is one of the central elements of the EU's enhanced support to the Ukrainian authorities in recent years,” said an EU press release.

EUAM aims to strengthen and support reform in state agencies such as the police, other law enforcement agencies and the judicial sector, particularly the prosecutor's office. The mission provides strategic advice to the Ukrainian authorities, supported by operational activity, including training to develop sustainable, accountable and efficient security services that strengthen the rule of law. This process is ultimately designed to restore the trust of the Ukrainian people in their civilian security services, which have been beset by allegations of corruption and malpractice.

EUAM is an unarmed, non-executive civilian mission with its headquarters in Kyiv and regional presences in Lviv and Kharkiv, as well as soon in Odesa.