mission description

Major General Philippe Pontiès (Operation Commander)Major General Philippe Pontiès (Operation Commander)

The Council established on 10 February 2014 an EU military operation to contribute to a secure environment in the Central African Republic, as authorised by the UN Security Council in resolution 2134 (2014). This decision creates the legal basis for the operation entitled EUFOR RCA and is another step towards its rapid deployment.

EUFOR RCA is to provide temporary support in achieving a safe and secure environment in the Bangui area, with a view to handing over to African partners. The force will thereby contribute to international efforts to protect the populations most at risk, creating the conditions for providing humanitarian aid.

The EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Commission, Catherine Ashton, said: "We have reacted swiftly to the serious crisis in the Central African Republic. We are using all the tools at our disposal, from humanitarian assistance to political support for the transition, to our long-term development cooperation. But the absolute priority is to protect the civilian population from any further violence, to ensure that the people of the Central African Republic can live without fear and start rebuilding their country, and to make sure that humanitarian aid can be provided. EUFOR RCA will deploy as soon as possible to back the remarkable efforts of France and our African partners."

Major General Philippe Pontiès pdf - 57 KB [57 KB] français (fr) has been appointed by the EU's Political and Security Committeeas Operation Commander.

General Jean Marc Bacquet  pdf - 427 KB [427 KB]  has been appointed as Force Commander of the European Union military mission in the Central African Republic on December 2014. He took over command from General Thierry Lion pdf - 88 KB [88 KB] , who led the EU Force for over eight months.


Recent press releases and speeches

  • 18/12/2014
    347 57255 1 Video Conference of HRVP with CSDP missions and opeations Video Conference of HRVP with CSDP missions and opeations

    EU High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini held today a video conference with CSDP missions and operations.

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    Video Conference of HRVP with CSDP missions and opeations
  • 13/10/2014
    Déclaration du porte-parole sur la situation en République centrafricainepdf
  • 10/10/2014
    239 57255 1 Spanish National Day celebrated at EUFOR RCA OHQ Spanish National Day celebrated at EUFOR RCA OHQ

    10 October 2014, Celebration of the Spanish National Day took place at EUFOR RCA OHQ, in Larissa Greece.

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    Spanish National Day celebrated at EUFOR RCA OHQ


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