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EUAM Ukraine: new head of mission appointed

Council of the EU: On 4 June 2019, Antti Hartikainen was appointed as new head of mission for the European Union Advisory Mission for Civilian Security Sector Reform in Ukraine (EUAM Ukraine). He will take up his duties on 1 July 2019 and his mandate will last until 30 June 2020.

Antti Hartikainen is currently Director General of the Finnish Customs. He was previously Head of the EU Border Assistance Mission (EUBAM) in Libya, Deputy Head of the EU Border Assistance Mission to Moldova and Ukraine, and Team Leader for the EU Advisory Group to Armenia. He has over two decades of experience in the Finnish civil service, namely at the Ministry of Interior.

He will take over from Kęstutis Lančinskas, who has held the post since 1 February 2016.

The decision was taken by the Political and Security Committee.

EUAM Ukraine’s overall objective is to support Ukraine in developing sustainable, accountable and efficient security services that strengthen the rule of law. This process is ultimately designed to restore the trust of the Ukrainian people in their civilian security services. The mission supports the reform of the civilian security sector, in close cooperation with the police, other law enforcement agencies and the judicial sector, particularly the prosecutor’s office.

The mission provides strategic advice to the Ukrainian authorities and supports them through operational activities, including training. The mission has five priorities: 1) human resource management, 2) criminal investigation, 3) public order, 4) community policing, and 5) delineation of competencies. It also focuses on three cross-cutting issues: human rights and gender, anti-corruption, and good governance. For example, EUAM Ukraine has assisted in the implementation of a new concept on public order, and is currently advising on security service reform and parliamentary oversight, which are derived from a law on national security adopted in June 2018.

EUAM Ukraine is an unarmed, non-executive civilian mission with its headquarters in Kyiv and field offices in Lviv and Kharkiv and Odesa. It also carries out projects across the country. It was established on 22 July 2014. It began operations on 1 December 2014 and has currently a team of over 300 staff.