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EU Assistance Mission reaffirms commitment to reform process in Ukraine by opening one more regional presence

March 7, 2018

The European Union Advisory Mission Ukraine (EUAM) has today opened a new regional presence in Odesa. This is the third time EUAM has created an additional regional presence since forming at the end of 2014. EUAM’s other two regional presences, outside its headquarters in Kyiv, were created in Kharkiv and Lviv in 2016.

According to EUAM, this has been a key part of the EU’s response to public demand for systemic civilian security sector reform in the country.

With a mandate to support the Ukrainian authorities to achieve reform of the civilian security sector through strategic advice and practical support, EUAM works with the Ukrainian government ministries of Internal Affairs and Justice. It has also cooperated with institutions such as the National Police, Prosecution Service, Security Service and State Border Guard Service, as well as the country’s judiciary.

The Mission operates hand in hand with the EU Delegation to Ukraine and other EU projects, such as the Special Measure on Rule of Law (‘PRAVO’) and ‘Support to Police Reform in Ukraine’, to amplify the effects of the EU’s overall assistance.

“The EU Advisory Mission was created in order to help with the reform process, and the fact that we are now opening a third regional presence and in doing so extending our support to Odesa shows that we are increasing our commitment in this regard,” said the Civilian Operations Commander for the European Union’s Civilian Common Security and Defence Policy Missions, Kenneth Deane, at the opening ceremony in Odesa.

In the short-term, approximately 20 EUAM staff members – a combination of local and international experts – will work in Odesa.

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