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On 14 March 2016, the Council approved the Crisis Management Concept on a possible EU Military Training Mission in the Central African Republic (EUTM RCA), to contribute to the country's defence sector reform. In a letter dated 30 March 2016, the President of the CAR, Faustin-Archange Touadera invited the Union to deploy a EU CSDP military training mission in the CAR (EUTM RCA). Subsequently, on 19 April 2016 the Council formally decided to establish EUTM RCA with a view to launching it in July 2016.
In close coordination and complementarity with the MINUSCA, EUTM RCA will support the CAR Government in the implementation of the Security Sector Reform by assisting the Forces Armées Centrafricaines (FACA). The goal is to support the build-up of a modernised, effective, ethnically balanced and democratically accountable FACA. The Mission shall concentrate its action in the Bangui area.
The new mission follow the EU Military Advisory Mission in the CAR (EUMAM RCA), the mandate of which came to its end on 17 July 2016.
Launched on 16 Jul 16, its mandate expires two years after Full Operational Capability (FOC), on 20 Sep 18.
The mandate concist in the support of the CAR authorities in the preparation and implementation of the upcoming Security Sector Reform by assisting the FACA to manage their existing situation and to build the capacity and quality needed to meet the goal of a future modernised, effective, ethnically balanced and democratically accountable FACA. During its initial mandate it shall concentrate its action in the Bangui area.
In order to contribute to the Defence Sector Reform in CAR within the Central African Security Sector Reform process coordinated by MINUSCA, and working towards the goal of modernised, effective and democratically accountable Central African Armed Forces (FACA), EUTM RCA provides strategic advice to CAR's Ministry of Defence and Military Staff, education to the FACA's commissioned and non-commissioned officers and specialists, and operational training to the FACA. It also coordinates closely with the EU Delegation in Bangui.