On January 15, 2019, EUCAP Sahel Mali celebrated the completion of its fourth year of engagement in Mali. The European Civilian Mission will continue to support the Malian Police, Gendarmerie and National Guard and related ministries. Its new mandate will also cover advice and training in the field of logistics. The actions will be reinforced by a closer follow-up within the units.
Déclaration locale conjointe de la Délégation de l'Union européenne, de l'Ambassade de la République fédérale d'Allemagne, de l’Ambassade de France, de l'Ambassade du Royaume-Uni, de l'Ambassade de Suède, de l'Ambassade du Danemark, de l'Ambassade du Royaume de Belgique, de l'Ambassade du Grand-Duché du Luxembourg, de l'Ambassade des Pays-Bas et de l'Ambassade du Royaume d'Espagne.
On 18 June 2018, High Representative/Vice-President of the Commission Federica Mogherini will host the annual EU-G5 Sahel meeting, with the participation of Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development Neven Mimica, alongside with Foreign Ministers from the G5 Sahel countries: Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Burkina Faso and Chad, as well as the Permanent Secretary of the G5 Sahel, to strengthen dialogue and cooperation on areas of shared interest such as development, governance in fragile areas, and improved security, including the fight against terrorism and illicit trafficking.
Humans in conflict areas suffer from lawlessness and violence. The EU engages responsibly and supports struggling partner countries through a mix of diplomatic, development and security measures. 2,000 women and men work in the ten civilian Missions to increase human security in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. On 28 May 2018, the Council adopted conclusions on strengthening civilian Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP).
The Council extended the mandate of the EU training mission in Mali (EUTM Mali) for two years, until 18 May 2020. The Council also amended the mandate of the mission to include in its objectives the provision of advice and training support to the G5 Sahel Joint Force, as part of the EU's ongoing efforts to support the G5 Sahel process.