Brigadier General Franz Xaver Pfrengle has been appointed as new Mission Commander for the EU Training Mission in Mali (EUTM Mali). General Pfrengle, from Germany, takes up his duties on 28 July 2015. He will succeed Brigadier General Alfonso García-Vaquero Pradal, who had been in the position since October 2014.
EUTM Mali assists in the reconstruction of effective and accountable Malian Armed Forces so that they are capable of ensuring the long-term security of Mali and, under civilian authority, restoring of the country's territorial integrity. To this effect, EUTM Mali delivers training to units of the Malian Armed Forces and develops autonomous training capability. The mission also provides advice to the Malian authorities in reforming the army.
The decision was taken by the EU's Political and Security Committee.