Question for written answer E-008837/2015
to the Commission
Jonathan Arnott (EFDD)
Subject: Somaliland police training course
On 9-17 May 2015 senior police officers from Somaliland participated in a training course organized by EUCAP Nestor in collaboration with the Irish Ministry of the Interior.
What was the cost of this exercise and what mutual benefits can be identified for embarking upon such an exercise?
Can the Commission please provide details of this exercise?
Answer given by Vice-President Mogherini
on behalf of the Commission
The training course for the Somaliland police which took place in Ireland from 9 to 17 May 2015 was organised by EUCAP Nestor in co-operation with the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs and the “Garda Siochana” (Irish Police).
The course is part of the senior management training programme aimed at developing the knowledge and skills of the Somaliland police forces involved in the fight against maritime crime, in particular piracy, which is an essential part of EUCAP Nestor’s mandate. This exercise is also part of the wider support provided by EU Member States in the framework of European Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP).
The training included modules on the management of rural and coastal policing, community policing and community relations, a visit and operational engagement at the Irish Police Search and Rescue (SAR) HQ, lectures on Human Rights and a visit to the “Garda Siochana’s” Firearms Training Simulator (FATS).
The course focused in particular on human rights, equality for all citizens before the law and accountability, transparency and integrity on the part of police services. The training enabled the Somaliland Police to better understand the need for coordination and cooperation in fighting maritime and organized crime and the need to strengthen legal and law enforcement frameworks.
The costs of the training were covered by the Irish Government. EUCAP Nestor contributed with the payment of police officers’ per diem (EUR 3,306).