BRUSSELS, Belgium, November 19, 2021 / APO Group / –
The Council today adopted a decision establishing an aid measure of 40 million euros under the European Peace Facility (EPF) in favor of the Republic of Mozambique. This assistance measure complements an emergency measure in the amount of 4 million euros approved by the Council under the EPF on July 30, 2021 for the most urgent equipment.
With the measure decided today, the EU will support the Mozambican military units formed by the EU Military Training Mission in Mozambique (EUTM Mozambique) and allow them to conduct security operations in the northern province of the country of Cabo Delgado.
The assistance measure will notably provide adequate and non-lethal equipment to strengthen the capacities of the first companies of the Mozambican army which should be the first to benefit from the training of EUTM Mozambique. This includes individual and collective equipment, ground mobility means, technical tools and a field hospital.
The provision of assistance will be subject to compliance by the units formed by the EUTM of the Mozambican Armed Forces with relevant international law, in particular international human rights law and international humanitarian law, as well as with relevant instruments. relevant legal and best practices based on and EU rules, standards and policies in the field of the supply of military equipment.
The assistance measure will cover part of the duration of the EUTM’s mandate. In 2021 partial support packages will be provided to the two companies currently in training by Portugal while from 2022 three more companies will receive support. A total of 11 Mozambican Army and Navy companies will be formed by EUTM in multiple batches and subsequently form a rapid reaction force.
Today’s decision follows the request of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Mozambique in her letter of August 27, 2021 to the High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy.
This is the third assistance measure adopted by the Council since the creation of the European Peace Facility.
On 22 July 2021, the Council adopted an assistance measure in the form of a general program of support to the African Union (AU) in the second half of 2021, with a budget of 130 million euros. Support to the AU Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) and the Somali National Army has been approved under this general program.
On 4 November 2021, the Council adopted an assistance measure to support capacity building within the Humanitarian Demining Battalion of the Armed Forces of Bosnia and Herzegovina, with a reference amount of € 10 million. As part of this assistance measure, the EU will provide 68 medical and transport vehicles, as well as 150 metal detectors to help Bosnia and Herzegovina become fully demined by 2027.
With regard to Mozambique, on July 30, 2021, the Council approved an emergency measure under the European Peace Facility in the amount of € 4 million to provide the most urgent equipment and supplies to two Mozambican companies which should be the first to benefit from the training of EUTM Mozambique. The aid measure adopted today is based on this first support package.
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