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Delivery of vehicles in Niger: civilian EUCAP Mission continues mandate implementation despite Corona pandemic

14/05/2020 - 11:05
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Despite the current challenges caused by the Coronavirus, including curfews imposed by the Nigerien government, EUCAP Sahel Niger continues to support the country’s internal security forces - among others by donating operational equipment to the forces.

Despite the current challenges caused by the Coronavirus, including curfews imposed by the Nigerien government, EUCAP Sahel Niger continues to support the country’s internal security forces - among others by donating operational equipment to the forces.

 

Recently, EUCAP Sahel Niger handed over five all-terrain vehicles to the internal security forces which will help to improve their mobility by serving as mobile repair stations – a crucial asset for driving in Niger’s off-road terrain.

Increased mobility will enable the internal security forces to better protect also the remote areas of the country.  

 

Mobile garages and pick-up trucks increase mobility of Nigerien security forces

Funded by Luxembourg, the vehicles can be used to maintain and repair other vehicles. Equipped with a compressor, a generator and multiple tools, the vehicles can transport three mechanics

Furthermore, eight pick-up trucks were handed over to the Directorate of Logistics and Infrastructure of the National Police of Niamey. These vehicles will strengthen various strategic posts throughout the territory which the Mission has already supported with protective equipment in the past.

EUCAP Sahel Niger: one of 11 civilian CSDP Missions

Established in 2012, through training and advising activities, EUCAP Sahel Niger aims to improve the capacities of Nigerien Security Forces (Gendarmerie, National Police, National Guard) to fight terrorism and organised crime, as well as better control irregular migration flows in an effective and coordinated manner. With its activities, the Mission aims to contribute to the enhancement of political stability, security, governance and social cohesion in Niger and in the Sahel region.

Civilian CSDP Missions remain engaged despite the Corona pandemic

The civilian CSDP Missions have temporarily adapted or reduced operational activities wherever necessary, while critical capabilities are being maintained. Any reduction of activities is based on the principle of precaution and is temporary in nature.

Read more about the recent donation here (in French) and about EUCAP Sahel Niger here and here.