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Colonel John VENEAU leaves the EUCAP Sahel Mali Mission

Colonel John VENEAU leaves the EUCAP Sahel Mali Mission

On 30 June 2017, Colonel John VENEAU (French Gendarmerie) is leaving the EUCAP Sahel Mali mission, after three years of non-stop participation in it. Colonel VENEAU first took part in the fact-finding mission in 2013, just to move on to become Chief of Operations of the Mission and Coordinator of the European Gendarmerie Force (EUROGENDFOR). He expressed his vision and experience in the mission in a parting speech:  "It has been a tremendous endeavor to be part of this Mission, beginning with the fact finding mission from ...

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EUROGENDFOR change-of-command ceremony

EUROGENDFOR change-of-command ceremony

On 27 June 2017, in the Headquarters “Generale Antonio Chinotto” located in Vicenza (Italy), was held the change of command ceremony between the current Commander of the European Gendarmerie Force, Brigadier General Philippe RIO (French Gendarmerie) and Colonel Lucian GAVRILĂ (Romanian Gendarmerie). During the ceremony, witnessed by numerous provincial and regional authorities, the flag of the city of Vicenza (twice awarded the Medal of Military Valour) received the highest honours. The ceremony was presided by the President of...

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EUROGENDFOR in the 203rd Anniversary of the Carabinieri

EUROGENDFOR in the 203rd Anniversary of the Carabinieri

On 5 June 2017, a delegation of 7 members of the EUROGENDFOR's Permanent Headquarters joined in a parade with the Carabinieri Corps on occasion of the celebration of the anniversary of its foundation 203 years ago. The members of EUROGENDFOR paraded along with members of the Center of Excellence for Stability Police Units (CoESPU) and the NATO Stability Policing Centre of Excellence (NATO SP COE). The three organisms conform a stability policing hub at international level based in the Chinotto Barracks in ...

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3 EUROGENDFOR staff participated to the last module of the CSDP High Level Course in Austria

3 EUROGENDFOR staff participated to the last module of the CSDP High Level Course in Austria

From 29 May to 02 June, 3 senior officers from our Permanent Headquarters participated to the closing module of the 4-part 12th edition of the Common Security and Defence Policy High Level Course (CSDP HLC) in the Austrian National Defence Academy. The 3 previous 1 week modules were organised along the year in Brussels, Madrid and Paris. This last module in Vienna focused on providing senior individuals from EU Member States and EU Institutions with a wider vision about the role of the CSDP in the EU Neighbourhood, the ...

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Special Representative of INTERPOL to the EU visits EUROGENDFOR

Special Representative of INTERPOL to the EU visits EUROGENDFOR

Mr Pierre ST. HILAIRE, who heads the Interpol liaison office in Brussels, visited the EUROGENDFOR Permanent Headquarter on 31 May 2017. This former US prosecutor and director of counterterrorism at Interpol is strongly advocating for a better link between external and internal security. In this respect, discussions focused on EUROGENDFOR capacity to bridge military operations and police organisations, in order to collect and transmit appropriately information and evidences for police and judicial exploitation. This approach ...

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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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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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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 w ćwiczeniu Spearhead 2017

EUROGENDFOR w ćwiczeniu Spearhead 2017

W terminie 1-21 października 2016 ppłk Armando SISINNI, radca prawny Europejskich Sił Żandarmerii wcielił się w rolę Doradcy ds. Policji Sektora Bezpieczeństwa w ćwiczeniu Spearhead 2017, które odbyło się w Strasbourgu (Francja). Celem ćwiczenia było przygotowanie i zgranie personelu Dowództwa Eurokorpusu, a także delegatów innych organizacji międzynarodowych, którzy w pierwszym semestrze 2017 roku będą tworzyli Force Headquarter (FHQ) Grupy Bojowej Unii Europejskiej (EU Battlegroup - EUBG) ...

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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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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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EUROGENDFOR Forensics at the heart of EUPST II Exercise

EUROGENDFOR Forensics at the heart of EUPST II Exercise

W dniach 19 - 30 września 2016 roku, Francuscy Żandarmi szkolili się wraz z ich włoskimi odpowiednikami w ramach "Treningu Europejskiej Unii Policyjnej - EUPST II” w Vincencie (Włochy). Te ćwiczenie zgromadziło ponad 200 uczestników z 26 krajów w celu wymiany doświadczeń i poprawienia gotowości do wspólnego wdrażania i przyczynianie się do międzynarodowych operacjach stabilizacyjnych policji. Grupy kryminalistyczne, odpowiedzialne za dochodzenia na miejscu przestępstwa, pod wodzą francuskiego porucznika i trzech podoficerów pod ...

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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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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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Program “Train the trainer” w misji EUCAP Sahel Mali

Program “Train the trainer” w misji EUCAP Sahel Mali

Latem 2016r. misja EUCAP Sahel Mali zorganizowała 2 tygodniowy kurs dla instruktorów Policji w National Police School w stolicy Mali – Bamako. Kierownikiem szkolenia został skierowany jako wkład EUROGENDFOR do misji UE podpułkownik Cristian FECIEUC – oficer Rumuńskiej Żandarmerii posiadający ponad 18 letnie doświadczenie zawodowe zarówno w działalności operacyjnej jak i szkoleniowej w obszarach zwalczania przestępczości, bezpieczeństwa publicznego, taktyki, działań specjalnych oraz działań operacyjno-rozpoznawczych ...

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European Gendarmerie Force active in Security Sector Reform in Central African Republic.

European Gendarmerie Force active in Security Sector Reform in Central African Republic.

  The EUMAM RCA mission in the Central African Republic (CAR) is almost halfway through its planned duration up to July 2016. It continues to work in a country with fragile and unstable institutions. CAR is expecting elections within weeks hopefully followed by the installation of a legitimate government. The EUROGENDFOR coordinator acts as an instructor for the Central African army. These courses include also trainees whose military status stays within the EUMAM sphere of action. The areas covered are those of leadership ...

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