In 2014, the European Union Advisory Mission for Civilian Security Sector Reform Ukraine (EUAM Ukraine) was created, and international advisors were brought to Ukraine from Europe. The events of the Revolution of Dignity in 2013-2014 deepened the distrust of the Ukrainian public towards government and security forces following a series of violent events involving protesters, riot police, and unknown shooters in the capital Kyiv. Subsequently, the Ukrainian government reached out to the EU for support to reform law enforcement and the rule of law institutions and agencies, and re-establish trust with the people.
Since then, EUAM Ukraine has worked closely with its Ukrainian counterparts to expedite a sustainable reform of the civilian security sector, providing strategic advice and practical support for specific reform measures in accordance with EU standards and international principles of good governance and human rights.
The civilian security sector comprises institutions responsible for law enforcement and the rule of law, such as the Ministry of Internal Affairs, Ministry of Justice, National Police, Prosecution Service, Security Service, State Border Guard Service, local courts, Anti-Corruption bodies with roles also played by civil society and the Parliament of Ukraine.
EUAM Ukraine’s Vision
A civilian security sector for Ukraine that is efficient, accountable and enjoys the public’s trust.
EUAM Ukraine’s Mission
To assist relevant Ukrainian authorities towards a sustainable reform of the civilian security sector through strategic advice and practical support for specific reform measures based on EU standards and international principles of good governance and human rights.
Composition and capacities
EUAM Ukraine has field offices in Kyiv, Lviv, Odesa and a Mobile Unit. Due to Russia’s aggression against Ukraine, the Mission’s field offices in Kharkiv and Mariupol are temporarily non-operational. EUAM Ukraine’s team of around 300 international and Ukrainian mission members works to implement EUAM Ukraine’s mandate, which strives to create a civilian security sector that is efficient, accountable and enjoys the public’s trust.
The team of international advisors mainly comes from the European Union Member States. They bring the Mission a wealth of expertise in security, police, judiciary, Anti-Corruption, human rights and strategic communications to share with the Mission’s Ukrainian counterparts in a joint effort to expedite the civilian security sector reform process.
Lines of operation
EUAM Ukraine’s mandate is implemented through three lines of operation:
Strategic advice on civilian security sector reform, in particular, to develop strategic documents and legislation;
Support for the implementation of reforms through the delivery of practical advice, training, projects, and equipment donations;
Cooperation and coordination to ensure coherence of reform efforts between Ukrainian and international actors.