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EU military training mission in Mozambique to start operations

The mandate of the mission is expected to last two years

BRUSSELS, Belgium, October 15, 2021 / APO Group / –

The Council today adopted a decision launching the European Union Military Training Mission in Mozambique (EUTM Mozambique). The mission will support a more effective and efficient response of the Mozambican armed forces to the crisis in Cabo Delgado province, providing them with training and capacity building.

EUTM MOZ will become operational as soon as the ongoing transfer of the Portuguese Armed Forces training project is completed and is expected to reach full operational capacity by mid-December 2021. It will be supported by around 140 military personnel divided between two centers training. – one for the training of commandos and one for the marines.

The common costs for EUTM Mozambique, to be covered through the European Peace Facility, have been estimated at € 15.16 million for a period of two years. In addition, the Council approved on 30 July an emergency assistance measure under the European Peace Facility for a total amount of € 4 million to complement the training of military units through the provision of individual and collective non-lethal equipment.

The mandate of the mission is expected to last two years. During this period, its strategic objective is to support the capacity building of units of the Mozambican armed forces that will be part of a future Rapid Reaction Force. In particular, the mission will provide military training including operational readiness, specialized training on counterterrorism, and training and education on the protection of civilians – especially women and girls in conflict -, and will ensure respect for international humanitarian law and human rights law. The mission has a non-executive mandate and will not participate in military operations.

The mission is open to the participation of third States.

The Mission Commander is the Director of Military Planning and Conduct Capability (MPCC), Vice Admiral Hervé Bléjean, while Brigadier General Nuno Lemos Pires is the EU Mission Force Commander and leads the field mission. The MPCC is the mission headquarters, responsible for the operational planning and conduct of EUTM Mozambique.

On July 12, 2021, the Council adopted a decision establishing EUTM Mozambique. This decision was the EU’s response to the Mozambican authorities’ request for increased EU engagement in the areas of peace and security. In his letter of 3 June 2021, the President of Mozambique, Filipe Nyusi, welcomed the deployment of an EU non-executive military training mission on the Common Security and Defense Policy (CSDP) in the country .

EUTM Mozambique will contribute to the EU’s integrated approach to Cabo Delgado, as well as to peacebuilding, conflict prevention and support for dialogue, humanitarian aid and development cooperation , as well as the promotion of the agenda for women, peace and security.

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