The European Court of Auditors (ECA) will publish a special report on strengthening the capacity of the internal security forces in Niger and Mali on Thursday 14 June 2018 at 11h30 in 23 EU languages.
ABOUT THE AUDIT
The ECA examined how the EU Sahel Missions were set up and managed, how they operated, and whether they succeeded in strengthening the capacity of the forces responsible for internal security in Niger and Mali. The auditors carried out interviews with the European External Actions Service (EEAS), the European Commission and the two EU capacity building missions, as well as the national authorities and the internal security forces in Niger and Mali.
The report is expected to point to the contribution of EU Sahel Missions to strengthening the internal security forces in the two countries, but also to limited progress. The auditors are expected to make a number of recommendations to the EEAS and the Commission, including on the operational efficiency of the missions and sustainability.
ABOUT THE TOPIC
Despite a peace agreement signed in June 2015 and the presence of foreign peacekeeping forces, extremist groups are still active in northern Mali and the national security forces face a number of challenges. The number of casualties remains high and there are numerous terrorist attacks. Niger’s security is threatened by the instability in neighbouring Libya, Nigeria and Mali. The government faces challenges such as the fight against human traffickers and other illegal activities.
The EU runs civilian Missions in Niger and Mali under the Common Security and Defence Policy that provide training, advice and equipment to strengthen the capacity of the national internal security forces. The EEAS plans and manages operations and the Commission manages the budgets. Funding for Niger over the 2012-2017 period was €69 million, and €66 million for Mali from 2014 to 2017.
The ECA’s special reports set out the results of its audits of EU policies and programmes or management topics related to specific budgetary areas. The ECA selects and designs these audit tasks to be of maximum impact by considering the risks to performance or compliance, the level of income or spending involved, forthcoming developments and political and public interest.