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11 février 2015 3 11 /02 /février /2015 08:35
EU Police Mission in Afghanistan: new head of Mission appointed


10/2/2015 EU source: European Union Ref: EU15-026EN

Summary: 10 February 2015, Brussels – Pia Stjernvall has been appointed as Head of the EU Police Mission in Afghanistan (EUPOL Afghanistan). Ms. Stjernvall, from Finland, takes up her duties on 16 February 2015, having been Deputy Head of Mission since June 2014.


EUPOL Afghanistan, a civilian mission within the Common Security and Defence Policy, was established in 2007. On 17 December 2014, the Council extended the mandate of EUPOL Afghanistan until 31 December 2016. The mission is part of the EU's long-term commitment and contributes to the EU's overall political and strategic objectives in Afghanistan.

EUPOL Afghanistan plays a crucial part in the overall EU and international effort to support the development of the country. The mission works in partnership with the Afghan government to strengthen its civilian police force operating under an improved rule of law framework and in respect of human rights.

EUPOL Afghanistan engages in three main areas:

  • institutional reform of the Ministry of Interior,
  • professionalisation of the Afghan National Police and
  • developing justice-police linkages,

with a strong emphasis on mainstreaming anti-corruption, human rights and gender throughout all its actions.

The mission's support is delivered by its dedicated police and rule of law experts from EU member states, through advising in relevant Afghan institutions, i.e. Ministry of Interior, Afghan National Police, Ministry of Justice and the Attorney General's office.

The decision to appoint Ms Stjernvall was taken by the Council's Political and Security Committee.


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18 juillet 2014 5 18 /07 /juillet /2014 12:50
Exit strategies: what's in a name?


The December 2013 European Council identified ‘increasing the effectiveness, visibility and impact of CSDP’ as a priority. Ensuring adequate follow-up of CSDP missions through other EU instruments and/or external partners constitutes a key component in ensuring the long-term sustainability of peace-building actions.

The imminent adjustments to the mandate of EUPOL Afghanistan, as a result of US withdrawal plans, highlight the challenges facing the EU in this domain, as do other missions – such as EUFOR RCA – the operation launched in Central African Republic (CAR) earlier this year – where the handing over of responsibilities to external partners was an explicit goal from the outset. Conceptually, the adoption of the ‘comprehensive approach’ as a guiding paradigm re-opens the discussion over CSDP and how it fits into the broader EU toolbox, which has resurfaced in the context of institutional developments over the past five years.


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