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Why is the EU working with Africa's “G5 Sahel Countries”?

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On 18 September 2018, the Council extended the mandate of EUCAP Sahel Niger until 30 September 2020 and agreed on a budget of €63.4 million for the period 1 October 2018 to 30 September 2020.

EUCAP Sahel Niger, an EU civilian capacity building mission, helps women leaders to get a better understanding of the work of security forces so that they can sensitize other women in their communities about the prevention of and fight against migrant smuggling. In 2017, the mission organised 198 training events for more than 3400 people on issues such as public order, crisis management, trafficking and others.

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Police Forensics Directors from Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger participated for the first time in a joint seminar to learn techniques and exchange experiences across the five countries.

A careful investigation beginning in April 2018 at the airport of Niamey last week led to 20 individuals in custody and three tons of cannabis resin seized.

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.

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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).

This week marked the first time a female officer of the security forces gave trainings in criminal intelligence at EUCAP Sahel Niger’s hub in Agadez, northeast of the Nigerien capital Niamey, and happened as hidden arms and ammunition were discovered buried in the desert.

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