EU Advisory Mission in support of security sector reform in Iraq

EUAM Iraq

About EUAM Iraq

18/10/2018 - 12:08
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The European Union Advisory Mission advises the Iraqi authorities on their implementation of civilian security sector reform.

The European Union Advisory Mission in Iraq (EUAM Iraq) was launched in October 2017 in response to a request by the Iraqi government for advice on how to undertake civilian security sector reform (SSR). The Mission had an initial mandate of one year (until 17 October 2018), which based on an assessment of Iraqi needs and progress made was extended until April 2020.

On 7 April, 2020, the EU Council extended the mandate of the Mission until 30 April 2022 following the assessment of Iraqi needs. EUAM Iraq is based in Baghdad, and the mission’s overarching task is to support coherent implementation of the civilian related aspects of the Iraqi National Security Strategy and the security sector reform.

(1) to provide advice and expertise to the Iraqi authorities at strategic level to identify and define the requirements for the coherent implementation of the Security Sector Reform civilian related aspects of the Iraqi National Security Strategy and associated plans;

(2) to analyse, assess and identify opportunities at national, regional and provincial levels for further Union engagement in support of the needs of the civilian Security Sector Reform; informing and facilitating the Union's and Member States' planning and implementation; and assist the Union Delegation in the coordination of the Union's and Member States’ support in the field of civilian Security Sector Reform, ensuring coherence of Union's action.

This process, supported by several international partners, involves support to institutional reform and efforts to help counter terrorism (including countering violent extremism) and organised crime, with specific reference to border management, financial crime in particular corruption, money laundering and trafficking of cultural heritage goods.

EUAM Iraq is mandated to advise officials of the Office of the National Security Adviser and the Ministry of Interior who are responsible for driving the reform. The mission also regularly conducts visits at regional and provincial levels in support of Iraqi efforts to strengthen countrywide coordination as it relates to civilian security sector reform.

Mr. Christoph Buik Head of Mission EUAM Iraq

Major General Christoph Buik commenced his duties as the Head of Mission of the European Advisory Mission in Iraq on the 1 January 2020.

Christoph Buik´s previous assignment was to serve as the Director of the UN Standing Police Capacity in Brindisi, Italy from January 2018 to January 2020. Prior this, he served as the Police Commissioner for the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) from September 2015 to January 2018.

Head of Mission Buik’s previous assignments were with two European Union Crisis Management Missions: EU AMIS in Darfur (2006–2007) and EUCAP Nestor in Djibouti (2012–2013). Additionally, he served with the UN in 2002 working as the Police Station Commander with UNMIK in Kosovo until 2003. In 2008–2009 he returned to UN peacekeeping in Darfur with UNAMID and served one assignment with the OSCE in Kosovo: KVM (1998–1999).

Christoph Buik is a senior member of the German Federal Police and has more than 45 years of policing and law enforcement experience at national and international levels. As a senior commander he oversaw major investigations related to national security and the fight against organised crime in the western region of Germany.

Head of Mission Buik has successfully studied at the College of Public Administration of the Federal Republic of Germany and completed a senior degree in public administration and police science at the German Police Academy, what is nowadays the German Police University.

He is married and has three sons.

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