Commission Question – EUCAP Nestor

Question for written answer E-008847/2015

to the Commission

Rule 130

Jonathan Arnott (EFDD)

Subject: EUCAP Nestor

Can the Commission please provide an estimate of the total cost of EUCAP Nestor in the Horn of Africa? Please provide a tabled breakdown of the annual costs and the duration of the project.



Answer given by Vice-President Mogherini

on behalf of the Commission


The European Union Mission on Regional Maritime Capacity Building in the Horn of Africa (EUCAP NESTOR) is a civilian Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) mission which was established by the Council Decision 2012/389/CFSP of 16 July 2012. This Decision provided for an initial duration of the mission until 15 July 2014.

On 22 July 2014 the Council adopted Decision 2014/485/CFSP amending Decision 2012/389/CFSP and extending the mandate of EUCAP NESTOR until 12 December 2016.

The budgets (or financial reference amounts) approved by the Council until now to cover the costs of EUCAP Nestor are as follows:

– EUR 22 880 000 for the period from 16 July 2012 to 15 November 2013.

– EUR 11 950 000 for the period from 16 November 2013 to 15 October 2014.

– EUR 17 900 000 for the period from 16 October 2014 to 15 October 2015.

EUCAP Nestor is responsible for the implementation of these budgets. For that purpose, the mission has signed three agreements with the Commission concerning the implementation of each financial reference amount.

The first two agreements concluded between the Commission and EUCAP Nestor for the first two financial reference amounts (covering the periods until 15 November 2013 and 15 October 2014, respectively) are being audited. Therefore the Commission cannot at this stage yet provide for a tabled breakdown of the final annual actual costs under these two budgets As regards the on-going agreement for the budget ending by 15 October 2015, it is currently being implemented by the mission and the related audit can only take place after the end of the implementation period. As a consequence thereof, at this stage no definitive figures concerning the annual actual costs incurred by the mission can be provided.

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