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In a letter dated 8 October 2015, the Chef de l'État de la Transition of the Central African Republic (CAR), Mrs Catherine Samba-Panza, invited the European Union to further support the Central African Armed Forces (FACA) through a reinforced operational training structure in full collaboration with the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA).

Each EU mission works in the framework of a comprehensive approach. The mission works in agreement and coordination with the EU Delegations in the same area and in the framework of EU regional policies.

EUCAP Sahel Mali est une mission civile de l’Union européenne, avec son quartier général dans la capitale Bamako et une unité mobile dans le centre du pays à Mopti-Sévaré.
La Mission, avec mandat non exécutif, a été lancée le 15 janvier 2015 suite à une invitation officielle du gouvernement malien, afin d’aider les forces de sécurité intérieure à réaffirmer l’autorité de l’État à travers le pays suite à la crise sécuritaire débutée en 2012.


Engagement de l'UE dans cette zone géographique


EUCAP Sahel Mali is a European Union civilian crisis management Mission in Mali, with its Headquarters in the capital Bamako and a Mobile Unit in central Mali, Mopti-Sévaré. The non-executive Mission was launched on 15 January 2015, following an official invitation by the Malian government, to assist the internal security forces in reasserting the State authority across the country vis- à vis the various factions who challenged it following the 'Northern Mali Crisis' in 2012.


EU engagement in this geographical area


The Sahel has a prominent place in European Union policy. Europe has numerous interests in the region, ranging from combating security threats, terrorism, organised crime and illegal migration to assuring energy security.


EU Ambassador H.E Franz Jessen will inaugurate the Mindanao Collective Trademark System on 21 June in Park Inn, Davao City.

He will join Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) Secretary Luwalhati Antonino and business groups in Mindanao in launching the Mindanao Collective Trademark System.

6 - 8 June 2016: COAFR visit to South Africa

The EU Delegation to SA this week had the privilege to host COAFR on their visit to the country. COAFR is the European Council's committee responsible for the management of the European Union's external policy towards sub-Saharan Africa, including its 46 countries, the African Union and other sub-regional organisations. The visiting delegation was honoured to be received by South Africa's Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng at the Constitutional Court of SA. Subsequently they were given a briefing by the South African Human Rights Commission's Adv Mohamed Ameermia.

Economic Partnership Agreement with Southern African countries

Ahead of the signing of the southern African Economic Partnership Agreement, EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström met up with her counterparts from Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Swaziland. The ‪#‎EPA‬ is significant as it is the first trade deal that directly supports the economic integration of a specific region.