EU Council extends EU Advisory Mission in Ukraine and approves budget increase

Photo: European Union
Photo: European Union

On 13 May, the EU Council extended the mandate of the European Union Advisory Mission (EUAM) in Ukraine until 31 May 2021. It also approved a budget of €54 million for the next two years – an increase of more than 25% – which reflects the intensification of the mission’s activities, including through the establishment of a second mobile unit, which will be deployed in the east and south east of Ukraine.

EUAM Ukraine’s overall objective is to support Ukraine in developing 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.

The mission supports the reform of the civilian security sector, in close cooperation with the police, other law enforcement agencies and the judicial sector, particularly the prosecutor’s office.

EUAM Ukraine is an unarmed, non-executive civilian mission headquartered in Kyiv, with field offices in Lviv, Kharkiv and Odesa. It also carries out projects across the country. It was established on 22 July 2014. It began operations on 1 December 2014 and currently has a team of over 300 staff.

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