EU Foreign Affairs Council approves decision to send police mission to Ukraine
The foreign ministers of the EU member states at a meeting in Brussels on Tuesday approved a decision to send a police mission to Ukraine as part of the EU's Common Security and Defense Policy, the press office of the European Council has said.
According to the report, the ministers adopted two decisions, in particular, on the sending of an advisory mission for civilian security sector reform, as well as on talks with Ukraine on the status of the mission.
According to the European External Action Service, the mission will be composed of representatives of the civil police and the judiciary, who will initially focus on supporting the elaboration of revised security strategies and the rapid implementation of reforms, in coordination and coherence with other EU efforts, as well as with the OSCE and other international partners.
The mission's headquarters will be in Kyiv, but regional outreach to support advisory tasks will start as soon as feasible. The decision allocates a budget of EUR 2.68 million for the start-up phase of the mission, i.e. until November 30. The mandate of the mission is designed for two years.
The European External Action Service did not specify how many people would work in the mission.