The EU has launched an EU police advisory team (EUPAT) in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, in the framework of the European Security and Defence Policy (ESDP).
The launch of EUPAT follows the termination on 14 December 2005 of the mandate of the EU Police Mission PROXIMA, launched on 15 December 2003.
EUPAT includes around 30 police advisors and support the development of an efficient and professional police service based on European standards of policing. Under the guidance of the EU Special Representative and in partnership with the host Government authorities, EU police experts monitor and mentor the country's police on priority issues in the field of border police, public peace and order and accountability, the fight against corruption and organised crime.
The operational phase of EUPAT began on 15 December 2005.
The Mission will have a duration of 6 months.