21/06/2020 - Rising international tensions and conflicts at the doorstep of Europe urge us to take our collective security into our own hands. Lately, four major Member States advocated making security and defence a top priority for the Union. I fully agree: since the beginning of the mandate of this Commission, we have placed our Common Security and Defence Policy at the very heart of the EU’s external policy. And while we have a long way to go, there is now an increased momentum to strengthen our collective capacity for action.
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 European Union Delegation issues the following statement in agreement with the EU Heads of Mission in Iraq
The EU Delegation and the EU Heads of Mission in Iraq express their solidarity with the Iraqi people in the critical phase their country is going through, faced with unprecedented crises.
They hope for a swift formation of a government capable of addressing urgently the health, security, political, economic and human rights challenges, in particular at present the worrying spread of COVID-19. This last threat should be taken extremely seriously by all.