EUCAP Sahel Mali

On 18 January 2018, the EU External Affairs Sub-Committee considered a Council Decision on the budget of the EU's Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) mission in Mali (EUCAP Sahel Mali).

The Committee decided to hold the item under scrutiny, and wrote to the Rt Hon Sir Alan Duncan MP to ask the following questions:

  • What factors underpinned the Government's decision to not provide any personnel to the mission and whether language skills are a barrier to UK participation.
  • Whether the difficulties in recruiting staff to the mission have been resolved.
  • When the last strategic review of the mission was undertaken and for further information on the principal findings of the latest review.
  • How well the different tasks of the mission - training and building capacity of the Malian internal security forces, border management and addressing migration flow, and training for other G5 countries - align, what level of priority is attached to the different tasks and how staff are divided between them.
  • Whether there are any third country participants in EUCAP Sahel Mali or in EUTM Mali.

The Committee cleared this item from scrutiny on 8 February 2018.

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