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On January 15, 2019, EUCAP Sahel Mali celebrated the completion of its fourth year of engagement in Mali. The European Civilian Mission will continue to support the Malian Police, Gendarmerie and National Guard and related ministries. Its new mandate will also cover advice and training in the field of logistics. The actions will be reinforced by a closer follow-up within the units.
For the past 10 years the EU has successfully deployed a CSDP military naval operation to fight piracy off the coast of Somalia. Today the threat of piracy has been minimised. At the same time the operation was tasked with monitoring fishing activity and reporting any illegal activity. Improved security conditions now allow communities to engage in fishing activities supported by EU and UN missions and initiatives.
Prevention is better than cure. This basic principle stands behind many of the EU activities. A pertinent example is the EU's civilian monitoring mission in Georgia (EUMM). It was deployed immediately following the war between Russia and Georgia in 2008. EUMM has helped since then to prevent new hostilities and enabled the affected population to resume a normal life free from fear.