Our mandate and priorities
The Mission’s mandate is to support Ukraine in its commitment to civilian security sector reform. EUAM Ukraine mentors, advises and supports relevant Ukrainian partners such as the Ukrainian Ministry of Internal Affairs and the National Police in the elaboration of security strategies and the subsequent implementation of comprehensive and cohesive reform efforts. The Mission’s support is delivered through a framework for reform planning and implementation. The focus is on building sustainable civilian security services delivering the rule of law in a manner that contributes to enhanced legitimacy and increased public trust in full respect for human rights and consistent with the constitutional reform process.
EUAM Ukraine was established in 2014. The current mandate runs from 2021-2024, however, was substantially adjusted in 2023 to take into account Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine, as well as Ukraine’s EU candidate status. International Crimes and support in territories liberated from Russian occupation are key areas of focus under the adjusted mandate. EUAM also advises Ukrainian partners on civilian security sector measures that contribute to Ukraine’s EU integration.
EUAM Ukraine has five priorities through which it supports reform of Ukraine’s civilian security sector.
International CrimesEnhancing the capacities of Ukrainian agencies and institutions to investigate and prosecute International Crimes, including war crimes, genocide and crimes against humanity.
National and State SecurityReforming Ukraine’s security and intelligence agencies with a particular emphasis on capacity building and international cooperation; and bringing these under democratic oversight.
Organised and Cross-Border Crime & Integrated Border ManagementStrengthening Ukraine’s capacity to fight organised crime and further develop its Integrated Border Management with special attention to countering cross-border crime as well as enhancing border traffic fluency, including with a view to trade facilitation.
Criminal JusticeBuilding effective investigation and prosecution capacities related to judicial reform as well as transitional justice capacities to complement the Mission’s support to Ukraine in the field of International Crimes.
Our Cross-Cutting Measures
EUAM focuses on four «cross-cutting measures» each of which is integrated into the Mission’s five priority areas.
Human Rights, Gender Equality and Minority RightsMainstreaming human rights, gender equality and minority perspectives into all advice and support provided to Civilian Security Sector agencies and institutions.
Good GovernanceGood governance is concerned with reform in areas such as public administration, public oversight, public finance, and decentralisation.
Anti-CorruptionRecognising corruption as an endemic problem in Ukraine, and perhaps the greatest obstacle on the path to reform, to enhance the Anti-Corruption capacity of the police, prosecution and judiciary.
Our 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.