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To prepare for the African Union summit to be held in Niamey from 6 to 9 July, Nigerien security agencies carried out a crisis management exercise. The civilian CSDP Mission EUCAP Niger and the French Embassy led the exercise which simulated countering a complex terrorist attack.

Canada is a long-standing contributor to EU civilian CSDP Mission and deploys currently experts also to the EU Advisory Mission in Ukraine, the EU Capacity Building Mission in Mali and EUPOL COPPS , the EU Police and Rule of Law Mission in Palestine.

There is no security without women. Women set currently 30 % of the staff of the ten civilian CSDP Missions. Antje, a senior police officer from Germany, is the Deputy Head of EUCAP Niger, the capacity building Mission that supports Niger since 2012.

The ten currently ongoing civilian CSDP Missions are at the forefront of the EU's response to international crisis. As is already tradition, the EEAS Secretary General Helga Schmid joined the heads of the civilian Missions at their biannual conference at headquarters in Brussels.

The Australian Government will provide a senior humanitarian expert to join the European Union's Advisory Mission in Iraq (EUAM Iraq). Australia becomes thus the fourth non-EU Member State to currently send experts to civilian CSDP Missions.

Physical security, drinkable water, electricity, office infrastructure, pharmaceutical products – civilian CSDP Missions would not run without them. The security, logistical and medical services provided by the Mission support departments of the ten civilian CSDP Missions are a precondition for their ability to function. Running Missions in distant countries – in locations as diverse as Agadez, Baghdad, Tripoli or Mtshketa – and providing for approximately 2,000 multi-lingual and multi-cultural staff in order for them to be able to carry out their work is a formidable challenge. A breakthrough in the field of mission support, enhancing both preparedness and the rapidity of the EU’s reaction to crisis situations, was the opening of the civilian CSDP Warehouse in Sweden June 2018.

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