The European Union Police Mission (EUPM) in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) started on 1 January 2003. It followed on from the UN's International Police Task Force. EUPM was the first CSDP mission launched by the EU. On 8 December 2009, the Council of the EU has decided to extend the operation until 31 December 2011.
In line with the general objectives of the Paris/Dayton Agreement, EUPM seeks to establish sustainable policing arrangements under BiH ownership in accordance with best European and international practice. It does so in particular through monitoring, mentoring and inspection activities. Following an invitation by the BiH authorities, EUPM supports the police reform process and continues to develop and consolidate local capacity and regional cooperation in the fight against major and organised crime.
The mission is headed by Brigadier General Stefan Feller.
On 26 April 2010, the Council welcomed the refocusing of the mission's mandate on the support to the fight against organised crime and corruption as well as results achieved so far in this area.
On 21 March 2011, the Council of the EU underlines the EU's CSDP missions, namely the EU Police Mission (EUPM) and EUFOR Althea, as important elements of its overall strategy for Bosnia and Herzegovina. The Council reiterates its agreement to keep these missions under regular review, including on the basis of the situation on the ground, with a view to assessing in the future EU engagement in this area.