On 11 February, the Council of the European Union appointed Marek Szczygieł as the new Head of the EU Monitoring Mission (EUMM) in Georgia.
Mr. Szczygieł, a long-serving Polish diplomat, is currently the ambassador for emerging security challenges and the co-ordinator for international cyber policy at the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. His mandate as head of the EUMM in Georgia will run from 15 March until 14 December 2020.
The EUMM in Georgia was deployed in October 2008, following the EU-mediated agreement of 12 August 2008, which ended the military conflict between Russia and Georgia. The unarmed civilian monitoring mission contributes to stabilisation, normalisation and confidence building between the conflict parties, and provides civilian monitoring of the countries' actions, including compliance with the agreement.
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