EUCAP Sahel Niger

About EUCAP Sahel Niger

20/06/2016 - 14:33
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The Sahel has a prominent place in European Union policy. Europe has numerous interests in the region, ranging from combating security threats, terrorism, organised crime and illegal migration to assuring energy security.

The ongoing instability in the Sahel, and the transnational nature of the security threats have confirmed the relevance of the regional approach taken in the European Union's Strategy for Security and Development in the Sahel from March 2011.
EUCAP Sahel Niger, the CSDP civilian mission launched at the request of Niger's government in the summer of 2012, is an important element of the European Union's Sahel strategy together with other development and stability instruments of the EU.

EUCAP Sahel Niger aims to help establish an integrated, coherent, sustainable and Human rights-based approach among the various Nigerien security actors in the fight against terrorism and organised crime.

As such, the mission is designed to provide advice and training to support the Nigerien authorities in strengthening their capacities. Over 50 international experts, the majority of whom are from European security forces and justice departments, are permanently deployed in Niamey.

Mission objectives:

  1. Support the interoperability of Nigerien security forces and help develop their operational strategies.
  2. Strengthen the technical competences of Niger's security actors, required for fighting terrorism and organised crime.
  3. Strengthen Nigerien security forces' training policies and management of human resources and logistics to reinforce the sustainability of the objectives 1 and 2.
  4. Support the development of regional and international coordination in the fight against terrorism and organised crime.

To implement its mandate, EUCAP Sahel Niger has focused on a number of areas: supporting regional commands to improve crisis management capacities and interoperability of Niger's security actors; strengthening local capacities to collect and share intelligence; improving Nigerien capacities in forensics; providing a full training programme for the municipal police in Agadez; reviewing the management of human resources; building teaching capacity at the security forces' training academies; and ensuring that the armed forces act on a sound legal basis in their fight against terrorism and illegal trafficking. So far, EUCAP Sahel Niger's experts have trained around 3000 members of the country's internal security forces, armed forces and judiciary. At present, the mission focuses on train-the-trainers activities, to ensure the sustainability of its achievements. EUCAP has been also putting in place various projects to upgrade and refurbish the security forces' operational and training centres and automobile maintenance workshops.

Furthermore, the mission became the secretariat for international coordination in the security sector in Niger. As such, EUCAP facilitates the coordination of all international assistance and donations to Nigerien security actors. To increase synergies, the mission pursues joint activities with other EU programs as well as other international actors present in Niger.

Mme Kirsi Henriksson
Le 26 juillet 2016, Mme Kirsi Henriksson, une diplomate finlandaise de haut rang, a été nommée chef de la mission de l'Union européenne au Niger, l'EUCAP Sahel Niger. Elle prendra ses fonctions le 1er septembre 2016, en remplacement de M. Filip De Ceuninck, qui occupait ce poste depuis 2013.
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