The Council today adopted five support measures under the European Peace Facility (EPF) in favor of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Lebanon, Mauritania and in support of the deployment of Rwandan Defense Forces in Mozambique.
The European Peace Facility continues to be flexible and efficient in responding to the needs of our partners. Today, we adopted five new assistance measures to support Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Lebanon, Mauritania and the Rwandan deployment in Mozambique.
Josep Borrell, High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy
These new assistance measures reinforce the EU’s continued support to partner countries in Africa, the Eastern Partnership and the Western Balkans, and extend the geographical scope of the European Peace Facility to the Southern Neighbourhood.
Bosnia and Herzegovina
The Council adopted an assistance measure worth 10 million euros for the benefit of Armed Forces of Bosnia and Herzegovina (AFBiH). This decision is part of the EU’s work to further strengthen its security engagement with its Western Balkan partners.
The FPE assistance measure will strengthen the capacities of the AFBiH by strengthening and modernize the equipment of its tactical support brigade. Through the provision of appropriate equipment, the assistance measure will also help them contribute to EU CSDP military missions and operations. It will further enable the rapid and sustainable deployment of the NATO-designated battalion, whether as part of an EU CSDP mission or operation or in formats such as the United Nations, NATO , the OSCE, and will ultimately contribute to the protection of the civilian population.
The assistance measure will finance field equipment, key tools for military engineering and CBRN (Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear) equipment.
The assistance was requested by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Bosnia and Herzegovina in June 2022.
The Council adopted an assistance measure worth 20 million euros for the benefit of Georgian Defense Forces.
The assistance measure will strengthen the capacities of the Georgian Defense Forces military medical, logistics, engineering and cyber defense servicesproviding relevant non-lethal equipment, supplies and services, including equipment related training.
This aid measure will complete the aid measure of 12.75 million euros adopted in December 2021 which strengthens the capabilities of the Georgian Defense Forces.
The latest assistance measure is further evidence of the EU’s commitment to building Georgia’s capacities with the aim of improving its national security, stability and resilience.
The Council adopted an assistance measure worth 6 million euros for the benefit of Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF).
The assistance measure will strengthen the capacities and resilience of the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) to ensure the national security and stability of Lebanon through the strengthening of their military medical capacities and the provision of equipment for the LAF operational personnel.
To achieve this objective, the aid measure will finance health equipment in support of the military health services, and individual equipment.
The assistance was requested by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lebanon in October 2022.
The Council adopted an assistance measure worth 12 million euros for the benefit of armed forces of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania.
The aid measure will be build capacity armed forces of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania (FARIM) to better respond to security threats Mauritania and the region are confronted. More specifically, the assistance measure has two main objectives: to improve the military capacities of two pre-identified battalions of the FARIM, and to improve the in situ medical capacities of the FARIM on the border with Mali, Western Sahara and with Algeria. . Support consists of providing light boats, personal protective equipment and medical equipment.
Support for the deployment of the Rwandan Defense Forces in Mozambique
The Council adopted an assistance measure the penalty 20 million euros support the continued deployment of Rwanda Defense Forces in Cape Delgado Province. This deployment began in July 2021 at the request of the Mozambican authorities, in response to the ongoing fight against terrorism.
The aid measure adopted today comes on top of the ongoing aid of €89 million for the Mozambican Armed Forces in collaboration with the EU Training Mission (EUTM) in Mozambique and EUR 15 million for Southern African Development Community (SADC) Mission to Mozambique (ONLY).
The aid measure will make it possible to acquire collective and personal equipmentand cover the costs associated with strategic airlift necessary to support the Rwandan deployment in Cabo Delgado.
The EPF was created in 2021 to support partners around the world in the military and defense fields, and with the ultimate goal of preventing conflict, preserving peace and strengthening international security and stability.
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