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Updated: 05/07/2020

Mission Background 

The restoration of a lasting peace and stability in Mali is essential for long-term stability in the Sahel region and more broadly for Africa and Europe. At the request of the Malian Government and on the basis of UN resolutions, in particular the UN  Security Council Resolution 2071, the member states of the European Union agreed to establish a mission to train the Malian Armed Forces (MaAF), in the framework of the EU Common Security and Defense Policy (CSDP). The First Mandate for the EU-Training Mission in Mali was established in January 2013.  The mission’s mandate has been renewed four times, the latest, 5th mandate was adopted in May 2020. The UN Security Council, through the MINUSMA-related resolutions, continues to encourage the EUTM Mali to provide support Malian authorities.


Mandate and Objectives 

European Union has approved EUTM Mali`s Fifth Mandate, which will last until May 2024. With the focus on four pillars of activity: advice, training, military education and support G5S Joint Force.

EUTM objectives are to

The EUTM Mali is mandated to assist the Malian Armed Forces (MAF) in restoring their military capacity with a view to enabling them to conduct military operations aiming at restoring Malian territorial integrity and reducing the threat posed by terrorist groups, and to provide military assistance to the G5 Sahel Joint Force as well as national armed forces in the G5 Sahel countries. EUTM Mali shall not be involved in combat operations.

The EUTM Mali has been given two strategic objectives:

1. contribute to improving the operational capacity of the MAF under the control of Mali’s legitimate civilian authorities;

2. support the G5 Sahel through making the G5 Sahel Joint Force and the national armed forces in the G5 Sahel countries operational.


Facts and Figures

  • Mission Area: The Mission’s area of operations has been expanded and now comprises the whole of Mali. Additionally, the Council also authorised the extension of EUTM Mali’s area of operations to provide military assistance to the G5 Sahel countries.
  • Headquarters: Hotel Azalaï Nord-Sud (Bamako)
  • Mandate mission started: February 2013 Mandate renewed: 18 May 2020 – 18 May 2024
  • Mission Commander: Brigadier General (OF6) František Ridzák (CZ)
  • Mission Strength: 1066 (mandated)
  • Troop Contributing Nations (EU-members): AT, BE, BG, CZ, DE, EE, FI, FR GR, HU, IE, IT, LT, LU, LV,ND, PT, RO, SE, SI, SP, SK
  • Troop contributing Nations (non-EU members): AL, GE, MD, ME, RS, UK
  • Contracted Company for MEDEVAC: ZA
  • Mission 2020-2024 Budget: 133.700.000 €


Political Control and Strategic Direction 

Political control is exercised by the Council, and is carried out through the HR/VP for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy. Under the strategic direction of the Political and Security Committee Director of Military Planning and Conduct Capability (MPCC) executes the functions of mission commander.


Military Direction 

It is exercised by the Director of MPCC, located in Brussels, who reports to EUMC at regular intervals. At operational level, Mission Force Commander (MFCdr) exercises command with the support of a MFHQ located in Bamako (Mali).


The EU’s integrated approach  

The EU is implementing a comprehensive approach to the crisis in the Sahel region. In March 2011, the Council presented an EU Strategy for Security and Development in the region. This document is based on 2 facts: development and security are closely linked (they must be mutually reinforced) and the Sahel crisis solution demands a regional response. The EU is determined to maintain its commitment to Mali, to help the Malian authorities consolidate peace and security and more generally to find lasting solutions to the crisis in the Sahel region, in close coordination with other regional and international stakeholders and actors. It has since activated other instruments in support of Sahel countries, such as the Sahel Regional Action Plan, EU Special Representative for the Sahel or various financial instruments.

The European Union’s Common Security and Defense Policy (CSDP) allows the Union to develop its civilian and military capacities for crisis management and conflict prevention at international level, thus helping to maintain peace and international security, in accordance with the United Nations Charter. The CSDP includes a strong conflict prevention component.   


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