The European Union (EU) announced on December 12, 2016 that it has extended two training and security missions concerning Somalia.
The two missions that have EUCAP Nestor and the military training mission EUTM that have been involved in civilian capacity building have been extended until December 31, 2018.
The EU renamed EUCAP Nestor to EUCAP Somalia.
EUCAP Somalia main objective is to assist in strengthening maritime security capacity to enable maritime law be enforced more effectively.
EUTM Somalia is tasked with capacity building of Somali National Army (SNA).
“The EU has a comprehensive approach in Somalia based on active diplomacy and support to the political process, security support, development assistance and humanitarian aid. It aims to tackle both the symptoms and root causes of piracy. The EU support includes the two missions prolonged today, as well as EU NAVFOR Operation Atalanta, the EU military operation countering piracy off the coast of Somalia. The operation was prolonged on 28 November 2016 until 31 December 2018,” the EU Commission said in a press release.