Poland to send police team to Ukraine to assist in reforms
Poland will send a group of police officers to Ukraine as part of an advisory mission from the European Union, Polish Radio has reported, with reference to the Polish government.
The group is to consist of up to 10 police officers, Polish officials said.
The European Union Advisory Mission to Ukraine (EUAM) is a civilian mission, which will provide support and advice to Ukraine in the area of security sector reform at the strategic level. It began its activities in Ukraine on December 1, 2014.
"Setting up the mission has the aim of supporting reforms in the civil security sector of Ukraine, including the reform of law enforcement bodies. The goal of the mission is to provide support, particularly, in the planning and implementation of the security sector reform, as well as the reorganization and restructuring of the security service," a Polish government statement reads.
The establishment of the contingent and participation of Polish personnel and police officers in the civil advisory mission "corresponds to the interests of the Polish state, and is a priority, given the political nature of this initiative," the statement reads.
In addition, the statement further reads, "taking into account its membership of the European Union and geopolitical location, the participation of Poland for supporting reforms in Ukraine is necessary."
The mission headquarters will be located in Kyiv, but it will also operate in the regions. The personnel will consist of 100 foreign and 75 local residents. The budget of the mission will amount to EUR 13.1 million for the first year. The mission’s mandate is to last two years.