The African Union has welcomed the European Union Council security support worth €600 million under the European Peace Facility for the period 2022-2024.
In a statement on Thursday, AU Commission Chairman Moussa Faki said the EU support is a demonstration of the commitment to build stronger partnership with the AU in line with the Joint Declaration of the sixth AU-EU Summit, held in Brussels, February 2022.
“Chairperson underscores the importance of regional and multilateral cooperation to strengthen AU-led peace support operations towards building durable peace on the continent,” the statement added.
The European Peace Facility is an off-budget instrument that enhances the EU’s ability to act as a global security provider.
It was established in March 2021 to preserve peace, prevent conflicts and strengthen international security.
It consists of two pillars: Military Operations and Assistance Measures.
Through the EPF, the EU has the possibility to provide military equipment to increase its partners’ security and defence capacity.
In addition to training provided to partners, the EPF will also allow the EU to provide equipment, subject to strict safeguards and control mechanisms. Respect of human rights and compliance with International Humanitarian Law are crucial and will be ensured at each step.