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  • 02.08.2010 - The EU SSR Guinea-Bissau mission completes its mandate
  • 05.07.2010 - Statement by the Spokesperson of High Representative Catherine Ashton on Guinea Bissau
  • 29.06.2010 - High Representative Catherine Ashton met the heads of the EU civilian missions
  • 26.04.2010 - Extract from Council conclusions on CSDP, Luxembourg
    The Council welcomed the work of EU SSR Guinea-Bissau in supporting local authorities to bring forward the reform process. Particular emphasis was given to finalising basic legislation underpinning the new security structures in the sectors of defence, police and justice. The Council called for a comprehensive approach to future EU engagement in security sector reform. However, in light of recent events in Guinea-Bissau, engagement will depend on further political developments, including respect for democratic principles, human rights and rule of law allowing stability and progress on such reform.
  • 17.11.2009 - Extract from Council conclusions on ESDP, Brussels
    The Council welcomed the work taken forward by EU SSR Guinea-Bissau under difficult circumstances and in a climate of political instability. The Council noted the recent positive developments in Guinea-Bissau, notably the successful presidential elections, and the more promising outlook for progress on SSR reform. The Council noted the expression of commitment from the Government of Guinea-Bissau to reiterate its efforts for Security Sector Reform. The Council approved in November 2009 an extension of the mission for six months. The main purpose of the extension is to complete the activities foreseen in the current mandate and to prepare the ground for the future implementation of the legal framework by the authorities of Guinea-Bissau. A strategic review on the future of the EU engagement in Guinea-Bissau, taking into account regional aspects, will be carried out by January 2010.
  • 18.05.2009 - Council conclusions on EU SSR Guinea-Bissau, Brussels
    The Council welcomed the work accomplished by the EU SSR GUINEA-BISSAU mission. The Council decided in May 2009 to extend the mission EU SSR GUINEA-BISSAU for six months, i.e. until the end of November 2009. The purpose of the extension is mainly to fully accomplish the mission's current mandate, to further explore the capacity and the commitment of the new government to carry forward the reform process and to assess the willingness of the International Community to support it.
  • 02.03.2009 - EU HR Javier SOLANA condemns the assassination of President Joao Bernardo Vieira in Guinea Bissau
  • 24.11.2008 - Javier SOLANA, EU High Representative for the CFSP, concerned at the situation in Guinea-Bissau, Brussels
  • 10.11.2008 - Extract from GAERC conclusions on ESDP, Brussels
    The Council reiterated its support for the EU SSR Guinea-Bissau Mission in assisting the local authorities in the process of security sector reform with respect to police, justice and defence. The Council reaffirmed that the process was intended to contribute to promoting stability in the country and region.
  • 04.03.2008 - Javier SOLANA, EU High Representative for the CFSP, welcomes the appointment of General ESTEBAN VERÁSTEGUI as the Head of the EU mission in support of security sector reform in Guinea-Bissau
  • 12.02.2008 - Council establishes EU mission in support of security sector reform in Guinea-Bissau, Brussels
  • 19.11.2007 - Council Conclusions on Guinea-Bissau, 2831st External Relations Council meeting, Brussels
    The Council adopted the following conclusions: "The Council noted that, following an initial joint Council-Commission information gathering mission in May 2007 to Guinea Bissau, consideration has been given to a possible option for an ESDP advice and assistance mission consisting of a small number of civilian and military technical experts in support of the national Security Sector Reform process. The Council considered that an ESDP action in the field of Security Sector Reform in Guinea Bissau would be appropriate, in coherence with and complementary to European Development Fund and other Community activity. The Council welcomed the progress on planning, including the elaboration of the draft General Concept following a Fact Finding Mission that took place in mid-October."
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