European Union Military Training Mission in Mozambique set to begin Operations

The European Union Military Training Mission in Mozambique was launched today by the Council (EUTM Mozambique). The operation will provide training and capacity building to the Mozambican military forces to help them respond more quickly and effectively to the crisis in Cabo Delgado region. 

EUTM MOZ will go live as soon as the ongoing handover from the Portuguese Armed Forces Training Project is completed, with full operational capabilities projected by mid-December 2021. Around 140 military troops will be split between two training centers, one for commandos and the other for marines. 

The EUTM Mozambique shared expenses, which will be financed by the European Peace Facility, have been estimated at €15.16 million for a two-year term. In addition, on July 30, the Council authorized a €4 million urgent support package under the European Peace Facility to supplement military unit training by providing non-lethal individual and collective equipment. 

The mission’s mandate is planned to last two years. Its strategic goal during this time is to assist in the capacity building of Mozambican armed forces units that will be part of a future Quick Reaction Force. The mission will include military training, including operational preparedness, specialized counter-terrorism training, and training and education on civilian protection, particularly for women and girls in conflict, as well as ensure compliance with international humanitarian and human rights legislation. The mission’s mandate is non-executive, and it will not conduct military activities. Third-party countries are welcome to join the operation. 

Vice Admiral Hervé Bléjean, Director of the Military Planning and Conduct Capability (MPCC), is the mission commander, while the EU Mission Force Commander, Brigadier General Nuno Lemos Pires, oversees the mission on the ground. The MPCC is the mission’s headquarters, and it is in charge of EUTM Mozambique’s operational planning and execution. 

The Council decided to establish EUTM Mozambique on July 12, 2021. The decision was made in response to the Mozambican government’s request for more EU involvement in peace and security issues. The President of Mozambique, Filipe Nyusi, welcomed the deployment of an EU military training non-executive Common Security and Defense Policy (CSDP) mission in the country in a letter dated June 3, 2021. 

EUTM Mozambique will contribute to the EU’s comprehensive approach to Cabo Delgado, which includes peacebuilding, conflict prevention and dialogue support, humanitarian aid and development cooperation, and promotion of the Women, Peace and Security Agenda.