At a meeting of the Council of the European Union on 18 December, EU member states agreed to set up a regional presence of the EU Advisory Mission Ukraine (EUAM) in Odesa. EUAM, which is headquartered in Kyiv, will now have a total of three regional presences, following the opening of offices in Lviv and Kharkiv in summer 2016.
According to an EUAM press release, the opening of the regional office in Odesa will strengthen its longstanding ties with the region. Since the beginning of 2016, EUAM has conducted over 20 training sessions in Odesa in areas such as community policing, public order, human resources management, good governance and gender and human rights.
Furthermore, many police officers, prosecutors and other officials working in law enforcement and rule of law institutions from Odesa or the south of Ukraine have attended trainings or received strategic advice in Kyiv, Lviv or Kharkiv.
EUAM is an unarmed, non-executive civilian mission, which aims to strengthen and support reform in Ukraine’s state law enforcement agencies. 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. With headquarters in Kyiv, the mission currently has regional presences in Lviv and Kharkiv, and the office in Odesa will be opened soon.
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