EU Military Staff: High Representative Josep Borrell commemorates the 20th Anniversary of the EU Military Staff

On 18 November, the High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy of the European Union and Vice-President of the European Commission, Josep Borrell will participate at a commemorative event on the 20th anniversary of the EU Military Staff.

During the event, High Representative Borrell will pay tribute to all military personnel who gave their lives for international peace and security, and for the security of our citizens.

The High Representative will deliver a speech address and lay a wreath at the base of the EU Flag.

The Chairman of the European Union Military Committee, General Claudio Graziano and the Director General of the European Union Military Staff, Vice Admiral Hervé Bléjean, will also participate at the event.

Audiovisual coverage will be available here following the event.

Background

The EU Military Staff (EUMS) was created on 2001 as the source of military expertise within the European External Action Service. They provide early warning, situation assessment, strategic planning, communications and information systems, concept development, training & education, and support of partnerships.

The EU Military Staff works under the direct authority of the High Representative/Vice President. They contribute to EU efforts in crisis prevention, response and management. Their tasks can range from support to humanitarian assistance, civil protection, Security Sector Reform, stabilisation and evacuation of citizens, to more complex military operations such as peacekeeping and peace enforcement.

The EU currently deploys seven military missions and operations. Four are EU military Training Missions deployed in the Central African Republic, Mali, Mozambique and Somalia. The EU also deploys two maritime operations off the Horn of Africa (EUNAVFOR Atalanta) and in the Central Mediterranean (EUNAVFOR MED Irini) and one military operation in Bosnia and Herzegovina (EUFOR Althea).

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