EU Police Mission for the Palestinian Territories Extended

LUXEMBOURG, July 2, 2015 (WAFA) – The European Council of the European Union decided to prolong the EU police mission for the Palestinian Territories (EUPOL COPPS) until 30 June 2016, said a press statement on Thursday.

This decision comes as part of wider EU efforts to support Palestinian state-building in the context of working towards a comprehensive resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict based on a two-state solution.

According to the press release, “The mission, conducted in the framework of the common security and defense policy (CSDP), has been assisting the Palestinian Authority in building the institutions of a future State of Palestine in the areas of policing and criminal justice since January 2006.”

It added, “Through its contribution to security and justice sectors reform, the mission supports efforts to increase the security of the Palestinian population and to reinforce the rule of law.”

According to the council Rodolphe Mauget is going to be the Head of Mission, with a budget of €9.175 million allocated for the mission’s activities between July 1, 2015 and June 30, 2016.

At the same time, the Council extended the mandate of the EU border assistance mission for the Rafah crossing point (EU BAM Rafah) until June 30, 2016.