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Visit of the ACT DCOS R&M to the EUROGENDFOR Headquarters

Visit of the ACT DCOS R&M to the EUROGENDFOR Headquarters

On 3 May 2017, Major General Grzegorz SODOLSKI, Deputy Chief of Staff Resource & Management (DCOS R&M) of the Allied Command Transformation (ACT), attended the Steering Committee of the NATO Stability Policing Centre of Excellence (NATO SP COE) in Vicenza (Italy). During his stay, the General was offered the opportunity to also visit the Center of Excellence for Stability Police Units (CoESPU) and the European Gendarmerie Force Permanent Headquarters, which are members of the police stability hub in Vicenza. The General ...

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Visit of a United Nations experts team to the EUROGENDFOR Headquarters

Visit of a United Nations experts team to the EUROGENDFOR Headquarters

The team led by Ms Kym TAYLOR, from the Division of Policy, Evaluation and Training of the UN, is tasked to perform an evaluation of the UN Formed Police Units. The EGF Commander explained the Lessons learned from EUROGENDFOR police units past deployments within EU operations in Bosnia and Central African Republic, NATO operation in Afghanistan and UN mission in Haiti. In this respect, he insisted on the tremendous logistic challenge for a police unit normally dedicated to police mission in his own country, and which has by ...

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EU PSC visit to the Spanish EUROGENDFOR Presidency

EU PSC visit to the Spanish EUROGENDFOR Presidency

The EU Political and Security Committee (PSC), which gathers representatives from the EU countries and institutions to exercises political control and strategic direction of crisis management operations, had a working visit to Madrid on 07 April 2017. This was an opportunity for the Spanish Presidency of the EUROGENDFOR to welcome the PSC members at the Guardia Civil Headquarters to provide them with a short overview of the Force, its activities, and its possible added value to EU crisis management. After a warm welcome by ...

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EUROGENDFOR in the Common Security and Defence Policy High Level Course

EUROGENDFOR in the Common Security and Defence Policy High Level Course

Brigadier General Philippe RIO, Commander of the European Gendarmerie Force (EUROGENDFOR) presented today EUROGENDFOR’s capabilities and workings during the third module of the Common Security and Defence Policy High Level Course (CSDP HLC), which takes place in Paris at the Institut des Hautes Études de Défense Nationale from 3 to 7 April 2017. The CSDP HLC is composed of four phases, with a duration of one week each. The previous two phases took place in Brussels and Madrid, respectively, with the fourth phase scheduled to be ...

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EUPST II exercise organized by Spanish Guardia Civil and Portuguese National Republican Guard

EUPST II exercise organized by Spanish Guardia Civil and Portuguese National Republican Guard

The European Union Police Services Training (EUPST) forms part of a wide-ranging European Union project for the uniform training of European Police Services, as well as the standardisation and integration of techniques, methods, and procedures, to create a common system for action in deployment in crisis situations.       In the framework of the European Union Police Services Training II (EUPST II) 2015-2018, and financed by the European Commission, from 13 to 24 March 2017 the Spanish Guardia Civil, in ...

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First Spanish Presidency EUROGENDFOR Working Group meeting – Madrid, 08 March 2017

First Spanish Presidency EUROGENDFOR Working Group meeting – Madrid, 08 March 2017

The representatives of EUROGENDFOR Member States reviewed ongoing and future activities, all of them dedicated to crisis management or crisis prevention through supporting non-EU countries, including: - Ongoing deployments for Afghanistan (NATO Resolute Support Mission), Mali (EUCAP Sahel Mali) and Central African Republic (EUTM RCA); - Planned or potential further contributions in support of Mali (MINUSMA), Tunisia (EU funded project in partnership with the Tunisian National Guard) and Libya (EUBAM); - Strengthening of relations...

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EUCAP Sahel Mali celebrated the completion of a second year of commitment to support the Malian Internal Security Forces.

EUCAP Sahel Mali celebrated the completion of a second year of commitment to support the Malian Internal Security Forces.

On Thursday, 26 January 2017, the School of Peacekeeping in Bamako served as a setting for the festivities of the second anniversary of the European Union civil mission EUCAP Sahel Mali. The European Mission, which has been renewed for two years, will continue to support the modernization of the Police, the Gendarmerie and the National Guard, and will further strengthen its support for recruitment, counter-terrorism and border management. The Malian authorities, ambassadors of diplomatic representations and all the actors ...

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HANDOVER to the Spain of EUROGENDFOR CIMIN Presidency

HANDOVER to the Spain of EUROGENDFOR CIMIN Presidency

On 07 December, the European Gendarmerie Force leading body, the High Level Interdepartmental Committee or CIMIN, met in Roma to consolidate one year of activities and pave the way for future challenges. Lieutenant General Tullio Del Sette, Commander of the Carabinieri Corps and CIMIN President, officialised the significant achievement of 2016, including:  the continued participation to several crisis management operations: EUCAP Sahel Mali, NATO Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan, EU Training Mission in Central ...

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Professional intervention training in Sikasso (Mali)

Professional intervention training in Sikasso (Mali)

From 19 to 24 June 2016, a Mobile Evaluation Training and Advice Team (EMFEC) from EUCAP Sahel Mali deployed to the Malian region of Ségou to provide a training program for 20 judicial police officers in order to enhance their knowledge of forensic science within a framework of a Judicial Police and the fight against terrorism.   EUCAP Sahel Advisor and National Guard Unit Chiefs In light of the acceptance and positive input received, EUCAP Sahel Mali mission trainers conducted for the second time an EMFEC in the town of ...

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Meet our coordinator in Afghanistan

Meet our coordinator in Afghanistan

The role of a Senior Advisor in mentoring the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) is an integral part of the NATO-led Resolute Support Mission (RSM), and forms the backbone of its “Train, Advise, and Assist” (TAA) effort. Senior Advisors contribute their deep knowledge and experience in international crisis management areas, and provide the necessary upholding to the Afghan Security Institution (ASI).  Train, Advice and Assist (TAA) daily activity Since March 2016, Colonel Mihai Aurelian IOSIF, of the ...

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EUROGENDFOR participates in Spearhead 2017 Exercise

EUROGENDFOR participates in Spearhead 2017 Exercise

From 10 to 21 October 2016, Lieutenant Colonel Armando SISINNI, Legal Advisor of the European Gendarmerie Force (EGF), took part in the role of Police Security Sector Advisor, in the Spearhead 2017 Exercise held in Strasbourg (France). The aim of the exercise was to prepare and train the Eurocorps Headquarters personnel, including augmentees from other international organizations, as the Force Headquarters (FHQ) for the first semester of the European Union Battlegroup (EUBG) 2017 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iDB8Pur3epY). The...

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The European Gendarmerie Force Day 2016

The European Gendarmerie Force Day 2016

On 18 October 2016, the European Gendarmerie Force celebrated the ninth anniversary since its creation with a ceremony hosted at the site of its Permanent Headquarters in Vicenza (Italy). The ceremony was directed by EGF’s Commander Brigadier General Philippe RIO, and was attended by military and civilian authorities. After the EGF flag entered the grounds and joined the parade formed by members of the Center of Excellence for Stability Police Units, the NATO Stability Policing Centre of Excellence (NATO SP COE), and the ...

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A delegation of the French Institute for the Higher National Defence Studies visits EUROGENDFOR Headquarters in Vicenza (Italy)

A delegation of the French Institute for the Higher National Defence Studies visits EUROGENDFOR Headquarters in Vicenza (Italy)

A delegation of 20 alumni from the Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale (IHEDN) visited EUROGENDFOR’s Permanent Headquarters (PHQ) on 12 October, in the framework of a 3-day work visit to Italy focused on tackling migratory flows and counter-terrorism.The 20 VIPs from various horizons had the opportunity to consider EUROGENDFOR’s current and potential role in mitigating threats and risks to the EU such as terrorism, illicit trafficking and massive illegal migrants’ flows.They also had the opportunity to learn about ...

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EUROGENDFOR Forensics at the heart of EUPST II Exercise

EUROGENDFOR Forensics at the heart of EUPST II Exercise

Along two weeks, from 19 to 30 September 2016, four French Gendarmerie forensic experts trained with their Italian Carabinieri counterparts in the framework of the “European Union Police Service Training” - EUPST II live exercise in Vicenza (Italy). This exercise gathered more than 200 police actors from 26 countries to exchange experiences and improve their readiness to jointly deploy in and contribute to international stability policing operations. The forensic component, responsible for crime scene investigations, was ...

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EUROGENDFOR PARTICIPATES IN EUROPEAN POLICE TRAINING EXERCISE (EUPST II)

EUROGENDFOR PARTICIPATES IN EUROPEAN POLICE TRAINING EXERCISE (EUPST II)

EUPST II is a program that aims at building the capacity of police and gendarmerie services from the European Union Member States and Third Countries in international crisis management. EUPST II is a 3 years cycle project (2015-2018) which includes courses, workshops, and live exercises. As an associate of EUPST consortium, EUROGENDFOR contributes to the second semester exercise organized by the Carabinieri in Vicenza by providing trainers, as well as Headquarters key positions for both the planning and executing phases of the ...

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EU Civilian operations commander visits EUROGENDFOR Permanent Headquarter

EU Civilian operations commander visits EUROGENDFOR Permanent Headquarter

Mr Kenneth Deane, Director of the EU Civilian Planning and Conduct Capability (CPCC) and Civilian Operations Commander, paid a short visit to the European Gendarmerie Force Permanent Headquarters (EGF PHQ) in the framework of EUPST II exercise in Vicenza. The Civilian Planning and Conduct Capability (CPCC) is the permanent structure ensuring the effective planning and conduct of all civilian CSDP crisis management operations, as well as the proper implementation of all mission-related tasks. This was the first visit of the CPCC ...

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EUROGENDFOR participates in the Romanian Gendarmerie International Exercise 2016

EUROGENDFOR participates in the Romanian Gendarmerie International Exercise 2016

In September, Romania held the Romanian Gendarmerie International Exercise (RoGendIntEx 2016) in the Gendarmerie’s Training Centre of Ochiuri. This is the largest international exercise organized by the Romanian Gendarmerie, which combines the planning and executing of live exercises. Its aim: to train the participants – police, military, and civilians – to meet tomorrow’s international security management challenges, taking into account the refugees’ crisis and the terrorist threat. This international exercise brought together ...

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31st EUROGENDFOR Financial Board Meeting

31st EUROGENDFOR Financial Board Meeting

From 22 to 23 September, the EUROGENDFOR Financial Board convened his half-yearly meeting in Amsterdam to work on key financial developments required for the Force to develop new mission. The Financial Board is a panel of financial experts designated by the Member Countries, tasked:- to examining the budget and expenses proposed by the EUROGENDFOR Commander,- to advise the High Level Interdepartmental Committee (CIMIN), leading body of the Force, on financial issues. In addition to the usual scrutiny of the budget, the Board ...

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EUROCORPS Commander visits the EUROGENDFOR Headquarters in Vicenza

EUROCORPS Commander visits the EUROGENDFOR Headquarters in Vicenza

On 09 September 2016, the European Gendarmerie Force Permanent Headquarters (PHQ) received the visit from the Commander of EUROCORPS, Lieutenant General RAMÍREZ. This visit follows one a EUROGENDFOR party led by Brigadier General Philippe RIO did to EUROCORPS Headquarters in Strasbourg in late January 2016. Objective: to strengthen the cooperation efforts between the two organizations. Some accomplishments can already be highlighted: - participation of PHQ officers in EUROCORPS exercises; - deployment of 2 Gendarmes ...

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EUCAP SAHEL Mali visits Gao (Mali)

EUCAP SAHEL Mali visits Gao (Mali)

On 16 and 17 August, a delegation of the European mission EUCAP SAHEL Mali met with Malian officials and visited the proceedings of the MINUSMA/UNPOL mission and Barkhane Operation currently underway  in Gao, a city 1200 km north-east of Bamako. The delegation, which included the European Gendarmerie Force’s Officers Colonel John VENEAU (EUCAP head of Operations), Lieutenant Colonel Franck GAGNIOU (EUCAP head of Training) and Colonel Jean-Frédéric SELLIER (MINUSMA Deputy Police Commissioner), set out in the lines of previous...

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EUBAM - UNSMIL Workshop

EUBAM - UNSMIL Workshop

As part of "United Nations Support Mission in Libya Project Plan 2017", on August 4th a two-day workshop training was held in Tunis by the Libyan Ministry of Interior (MoI) General Directorate for Training organized and led by UNSMIL and the EU Border Assistance Mission in Libya, with the participation of the Delegation of the European Union to Libya, Liaison Officers for the Libya International Assistance Mission, and a member of the EU Liaison & Planning Cell-European Gendarmerie Force. The meeting was organised to better ...

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Patrol Operational Management in Malian Police Stations

Patrol Operational Management in Malian Police Stations

A Captain from the Spanish Guardia Civil is deployed in the European Union’s Capacity Building Mission (EUCAP-SAHEL Mali) as a Community Policing and Basic Intelligence Trainer since last December 2015. Last April 2016, he spent two days in a Bamako district Police Station to implement the Patrol Operational Management, a training activity combining both a theoretical and practical approach on urban patrolling, aimed at optimizing the Police Unit’s efficiency. The Spanish Captain shared his experience with 12 Malian Police ...

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United Nations Strategic Guidance Framework Meeting for the Standing Police Capacity (Police Division)

United Nations Strategic Guidance Framework Meeting for the Standing Police Capacity (Police Division)

Last July, from the 19th to the 21st, EUROGENDFOR’s Head of Logistics participated in the United Nations Strategic Guidance Framework Meeting for the Standing Police Capacity (Police Division), held in Brindisi (Italy).  During the meeting, relevant contacts were performed with representatives of counterpart organizations, such as the European External Action Service (EEAS), the United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO), the United Nations Standing Police Capacity Division (SPC), and the United Nations ...

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Rotation of the EUROGENDFOR Senior Advisor for the Afghan Uniformed Police

Rotation of the EUROGENDFOR Senior Advisor for the Afghan Uniformed Police

Colonel Lucas SCIMONE has been working as the Senior Advisor to Lieutenant General Salim ESHAS, Head of the Afghan Uniformed Police (AUP) from July 2015 to July 2016. Along this whole year under Resolute Support Mission, Colonel Lucas SCIMONE shared the European Police Services best practices and procedures with his Afghan brothers in arms. On 25 July 2016, his responsibility was transferred to Colonel Pasquale Di CHIO, who was previously Force Provost Marshall in the Italian NATO Rapid Deployable Corps. Colonel Di CHIO has a ...

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From EUMAM to EUTM

From EUMAM to EUTM

At the request of the Central African Republic (CAR) authorities, the European Union established a two-year-long Common Security and Defense Policy (CSDP) military training mission in the Central African Republic (EUTM RCA), with headquarters in Bangui. As an integral part of the European Union’s comprehensive approach, which encompasses political, security, humanitarian and developmental actions, EUTM RCA will build on the achievements of the European Union’s Military Advisory Mission in the Central African Republic (EUMAM RCA) ...

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