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.
Meet Pascal, the EUCAP Sahel Mali advisor on counter-terrorism and criminal investigation.
He works daily with the Malian partners such as the Specialized Investigation Brigade (BIS), anti-terrorism forces and the Central Office for Narcotic Drugs.
In the fields of counter-terrorism and the fight against organized crime, EUCAP Sahel Mali deliveres strategic advice, training and equipment to specialised structures and units. "The presence of EUCAP Sahel Mali on the ground will also contribute to make Europe safer", Pascal believes.
The joint initiative of the National Directorate of Frontiers (DNF) and EUCAP Sahel Mali to strengthen border management capacity in the regions is taking concrete shape. A meeting was held on April 13 in Bamako, in the presence of 10 governors of the country, in order to define the functions of focal points in the Governer's offices in the three pilot regions (Kayes, Mopti and Ségou).
On the 11th of April 2018, Kenneth Deane, Civilian Operations Commander of the European Union, traveled to Mopti to visit a training of the EUCAP Sahel Mali Mission in the field. He also met the Regional Director of the National Police.
Trafficking in persons and smuggling of migrants are sensitive but topical issues in Mali. In March 2018, 10 members of the Specialised Investigation Brigade (BIS) participated in a training organised by EUCAP Sahel Mali on these topics.
On March 15, 2018, EUCAP Sahel Mali supported an event aiming at improving the understanding of the missions of the National Human Rights Commission - namely the promotion and protection of Human Rights and the prevention of torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment. The event was intended for the Security and Defense Forces of Mali. Approximately 120 persons took part in the event, organised
with technical and financial support of the Human Rights and Gender Unit of EUCAP Sahel Mali.
Border police from Burkina Faso, Mali, Mauritania, Niger and Chad participated for the first time in joint training on border management and on countering irregular migration. The African officers developed during the course their operational capacities in the control and surveillance of their borders.