26 May MISSION EXTENSION
From 1st December 2019 until 3rdApril 2020, when training activities were temporarily suspended due to COVID-19, EUTM Mali had trained approximately 1,200 military personnel. This was achieved by conducting more than 40 training activities including the Combined Mobile Advisory Training Team in Sévaré, the Military Region Advisory Activities in Timbuktu and Kati and also the two Pre-Deployment Training packages conducted at the Koulikoro Training Centre.
The Council of the European Union (EU) approved the Mission extension until May 2024 under the Fifth Mandate on March 23, 2020. The new Mandate, expressing a clear European intent to maintain and reinforce its support the Mali and the Sahel region, includes the expansion of the Mission’s area of operations, to the whole five Sahelian countries, a substantial increase in personnel and investments, and more enhanced military assistance activities directed to the Malian Armed Forces and G5 Sahel Joint Force.