EUTM Mali constitutes the military pillar of the EU strategy in the country, which includes other fields such as political and humanitarian development. The mission was born in 2013 to respond to the need to strengthen the capabilities of the Malian Armed Forces, with the ultimate result being self-sustaining armed forces capable of contributing to the defence of their population and territory.
Since the approval of the Fourth Mandate in May 2018, the strategic objectives of the mission have been:
The EUTM Mali mission is composed of almost 700 soldiers from 28 European countries including 23 EU members and 5 non-member states.
The EU member countries contributing to EUTM Mali are: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Germany, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Latvia, Portugal, Romania, Sweden, Slovenia, Spain, Slovakia and United Kingdom.
The 5 European non-EU countries contributing to EUTM Mali are: Georgia, Montenegro, Serbia, Albania and Moldova.