The EU Advisory Mission Ukraine: Normative or Strategic Objectives?

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Series Details No.2, February 2017
Publication Date February 2017
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The EU International Relations and Diplomacy Studies department of the College of Europe publishes a series of working papers dedicated to the interdisciplinary study of the European Union’s external relations and external aspects of EU internal policies. The EU Diplomacy Papers offer a platform for debate to visiting professors, staff and students as well as external contributors.

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The European Union Advisory Mission for Civilian Security Sector Reform Ukraine, EUAM Ukraine, has been deployed since December 2014, with a mandate to support Ukrainian state agencies in the reform of the civilian security sector.

EUAM aims to strengthen and support reform in state agencies such as the police, other law enforcement agencies and the judicial sector, particularly the prosecutor's office. The mission provides strategic advice to the Ukrainian authorities, supported by operational activity, including training, to develop sustainable, accountable and efficient security services that strengthen the rule of law.

EUAM is an unarmed, non-executive civilian mission with its headquarters in Kyiv.

The Council of the European Union approved on 20 November 2017 a further extension of the EU Advisory Mission in Ukraine for a further 18 months, until 31 May 2019. It also approved a budget of €32 million.In December 2014 the European Union (EU) deployed a Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) mission in Ukraine. The mandate of the EU Advisory Mission (EUAM) was originally two years, but it has been extended until November 2017.

This paper examines to what extent EUAM has been successful from the EU’s perspective. It does so by assessing to what extent the mission has achieved its (explicit) normative objectives and (implicit) strategic objectives.

The paper argues that the mission has contributed to the EU’s strategic objectives by shaping the milieu in Ukraine but it has been less successful in advancing the EU’s normative objectives. However, in the case of EUAM, the Union’s strategic and normative interests, although different, have not hampered the mission’s overall performance.

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