The inauguration ceremony of the Joint Coordination Center (JCC) building at the Ministry of Interior took place today. The event was attended by number of high-level guests, such as the newly appointed Minister of Interior His Excellency Yassin Al-Yasiri, Iraqi officials, Civilian Operations Commander Mr. Vincenzo Coppola, Ambassadors from the EU Member States and the Third State contributors to the Mission; Canada and Australia, representatives from the UN, NATO, Coalition and the Office of Security Cooperation-Iraq.
During the event the Minister handed over the ceremonial key to the Head of Mission of EUAM Iraq Dr. Markus Ritter.
The construction work of the JCC building started in October 2018 last year. The building will serve as a workspace for EUAM Iraq advisers working in the MoI on a daily basis. It will also be used as a venue for workshops and other events for the Mission’s counterparts.
The building was offered to EUAM Iraq in May 2018 by the Senior Deputy Minister Dr. Aqeel. On 6 June 2018 an official agreement was signed by the two parties. EUAM Iraq is the only international organisation that is now embedded in the MoI and has been offered a building in the premises.
In their remarks, the speakers emphasised the key role the EU plays in Iraq especially in the civilian side of the security sector reform. Head of Mission Ritter thanked the Ministry of Interior for the generous support and willingness to cooperate also in the future.
The event was covered by several media outlets such as Al Jazeera-English and Reuters.