Delegation of the European Union to Ukraine

Council decides to set up regional presence of the EU Advisory Mission in Odessa

22/12/2017 - 11:01
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The Council decided this week to establish a regional presence in Odessa of the EU European Union Advisory Mission for Civilian Security Sector Reform in Ukraine (EUAM Ukraine) and allocated close to € 1.26 million for this purpose.

Head of Mission Kestutis Lancinskas looks forward to the new regional presence in Odessa

EUAM Ukraine, has been deployed since December 2014, with a mandate to support Ukrainian state agencies in the reform of the civilian security sector. The mission has been one of the central elements of the EU's enhanced support to the Ukrainian authorities in recent years.

EUAM aims to strengthen and support reform in state agencies such as the police, other law enforcement agencies and the judicial sector, particularly the prosecutor's office. The mission provides strategic advice to the Ukrainian authorities, supported by operational activity, including training, to develop sustainable, accountable and efficient security services that strengthen the rule of law. This process is ultimately designed to restore the trust of the Ukrainian people in their civilian security services, which have been beset by allegations of corruption and malpractice. 

EUAM is an unarmed, non-executive civilian mission with its headquarters in Kyiv and regional presences in Lviv and Kharkiv, and next also in Odessa.

Recruitment for twelve international and nine local positions is currently taking place. The new team is scheduled to arrive in Odessa in the first quarter of 2018.