01 Aug AN EXPECTED REDEPLOYMENT
In the context of COVID-19 in Mali, EUTM Mali has adopted preventive measures, in accordance with the Malian authorities and the guidelines of the World Health Organization. Thus, EUTM Mali temporarily suspended the majority of training activities from 3rd April 2020 and significantly reduced the amount of personnel, maintaining essential capabilities at the level of force protection, service support, and the Command and Control structure. Despite the temporary reduction, the personnel that remained were active in maintaining a secure deployment and in providing support (in some cases continuing remote training) and advice to the Host Nations.
During the so-called “hibernation” period, the mission worked with fifty percent of the staff. The Mission was forced to adapt its mode of operation to the restrictions associated with the COVID‑19 crisis. Now there has been sufficient improvement in some recovery-indicators that would permit the initiation of a redeployment of personnel. Therefore, the Director General of the Military Planning and Conduct Capability (MPCC) decided on 23 July that the redeployment of personnel would be triggered. The pre-restoration phase has just started. After giving necessary notice to the contributing nations, the arrival of personnel will begin at the end of August. It will allow the Mission to reach its pre-COVID staffing level, up to seven hundred by the end of September. The different waves of restoration will be programmed with priorities, in other words, the elements ensuring the activities to be carried out quickly will be the first to return to the site.