Since Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine started, EUAM is no longer able fully to implement its mandate in the territory of Ukraine. But the Mission continues to stand by and support its Ukrainian partners in the field of civilian security sector reform and towards our common goal to see Ukraine as an independent and prosperous state with its people enjoying freedom, peace, human rights and the rule of law.
In March and April 2022, the EU member states issued new tasks to EUAM. The Mission now provides support to law enforcement agencies to facilitate the flow of refugees from Ukraine to the neighbouring Member States and the entry of humanitarian aid into Ukraine. EUAM also supports the rule of law institutions to facilitate the investigation and prosecution of international crimes.
In December 2014, the EU Advisory Mission Ukraine (EUAM Ukraine) was created, and international advisors were brought to the country from Europe. The events of the Euromaidan 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. That is why the Ukrainian government reached out to the EU for support to reform law enforcement and the rule of law institutions and re-establish trust with the people.
Mission & goals
Since 2014, EUAM 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 EUAM mandate is implemented according to three pillars of activity:
• Strategic advice on civilian security sector reform, in particular, the need to develop civilian security strategies;
• Support for the implementation of reforms through the delivery of practical advice, training and other projects;
• And cooperation and coordination ensure that reform efforts are coordinated with Ukrainian and international actors.
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.
Based in Kyiv, Kharkiv, Lviv, Odesa and Mariupol, the EUAM team of over 350 Ukrainian and international staff delivers the EUAM mandate that strives to create a civilian security sector that is efficient, accountable and enjoys the trust public’s trust.
EUAM Ukraine’s team of international advisors mainly comes from the Member States of the European Union. They bring the Mission a wealth of expertise in security, police, judiciary, anti-corruption, human rights and public communication to share with the Mission’s Ukrainian counterparts in a joint effort to expedite the civilian security sector reform process.
A civilian security sector for Ukraine that is efficient, accountable and enjoys the public’s trust.
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.