EUTM Mali

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EUTM Mali constitutes the military pillar of the EU strategy in Mali, which includes other fields such as political and humanitarian development. The mission was born in 2013 to respond to the need to strengthen the capabilities of the Malian Armed Forces, with the ultimate result being self-sustaining armed forces capable of contributing to the defense of their population and territory.

Since the approval of the Fifth Mandate in March 2020, the strategic objectives of the mission have been:

  • To contribute to the improvement of the capabilities of the Malian Armed Forces under the control of the political authorities
    • Consolidate the improvements achieved since 2013
    • Contribute to the political stabilization and improvement of the security situation in Mali through support for the implementation of the Algiers Peace Agreement.
    • Support the restoration of state control and the rule of law throughout Mali.
  • Support G5 Sahel, through the consolidation and improvement of the operational capabilities of its Joint Force, strengthening regional cooperation to address common security threats, especially terrorism and illegal trafficking, especially of human beings.

In order to achieve these objectives, EUTM Mali bases its activities on 4 pillars:

  • Training of Malian military units
  • Advice at all levels to the Malian Armed Forces
  • Contribution to the improvement of the Military Education System, from schools to ministerial level
  • Advice and training to G5 Sahel Joint Force headquarters

CONTRIBUTING COUNTRIES

The EUTM Mali mission is composed of almost 700 soldiers from 25 European countries including 22 EU members and 3 non-member states.

The EU member countries contributing to EUTM Mali are: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden.

The 3 European non-EU countries contributing to EUTM Mali are: Georgia, Moldova and Montenegro.

CONTRIBUTION BY EUROCORPS

Eurocorps will provide the key personnel in European Traning Mission in Mali for two rotations starting in January 2021, i.e. for about one year. The key personnel will consist of the Mission Force Commander and some 70 other soldiers who will be stationed at Headquarters, the Advisory Group or the Training Task Force. The composition is multinational, but Spain has taken the lead for the first rotation and Germany for the second.

More information on the EUTM Mali website

Commanding GeneralLieutenant General Laurent KOLODZIEJ

Lieutenant General Laurent Kolodziej was commissioned into the French cavalry in 1987 and served in the French Foreign Legion in Orange and Djibouti. He was the commander of the light armoured regiment of the French Mountain Brigade (4th Cavalry Regiment) and later of one of the French amphibious brigades (6th Light Armoured Brigade). He led the department of international engagements on behalf of the French MoD and was the Chief of Staff and then the Commander of RRC France before taking command of Eurocorps in 2019.

Chief Of StaffMajor General Xavier WATTEEUW

During his military career, Major General Xavier WATTEEUW has occupied different positions in the following areas: the Engineer School (to the ENG School Course Director), 4th Battalion Engineer (to COM position), Commando Center in Equator, Headquarter SFOR in Bosnia, the UN Interim Forces in Lebanon, Defence Attaché (in Argentina), HQ ACT (Defence Planning), EU Military Committee (BEL Military REP to NATO and EU) and currently COS HQ EC. MG Watteeuw graduated from the Royal Military Academy as Industrial Engineer in Construction.

Deputy CommanderMajor General Josef BLOTZ


Major General Josef Blotz, born on November, 22nd 1956, joined the Armed Forces in 1975. He has been appointed to numerous national and international posts, served as Brigade Commander, in the DEU MOD, at NATO HQ and with the UN. Since Sept 2019 Major General Blotz is the Dep Com Eurocorps. In his career he was deployed to missions in Bosnia, Afghanistan and Libya.

DCOS I and ABrigadier General Stéphane PAU

After having completed the French officers’ school at Saint-Cyr in 1987, Brigadier General Stéphane Pau chose infantry. He mostly served in the French Foreign Legion in French Guiana and in France. In particular he took command of the 4th Foreign Legion Battalion. He commanded also the Joint Center for Actions on the Environment, the French CMI/CIMIC and Influence Center in Lyon. He was posted twice to the US at the 2d division of the USMC and within CENTCOM. He has participated in several missions in Africa.

DCOS PLANS / OPSBrigadier General Fernando Luis GRACIA HERREIZ

Brigadier General Fernando Luis Gracia Herreiz has served in the Spanish Legion for almost 12 years since 1988 being deployed in Bosnia, Croatia, Sudan, Lebanon, Afghanistan and as Spanish Senior Representative in the USCENTCOM in Tampa (Florida) (Inherent Resolve). As Lieutenant-Colonel he was appointed Commander of the 2nd Mechanized Battalion of the X Mechanized Brigade. As Colonel he was Chief of Strategy and Strategic Plans in the Defence General Staff in Madrid. He is currently DCOS OPS of Eurocorps since September 2019.

DCOS SPT / ENABBrigadier General Wojciech KUCHARSKI

Brigadier General Wojciech KUCHARSKI worked for almost the entire career at Land Forces stage - from a Platoon Commander to the Deputy Chief P3/P7 on the General Staff of the Polish Armed Forces level (including missions – Chad, RCA and service abroad - EU Brussels). From 2018 BG Kucharski is appointed to DCOS SPT & ENB in HQ EC.
BG Kucharski graduated from the Military Academy of Armoured Forces in Poznań and War College, Center for Higher Military Studies and the Institute of Higher Studies of National Defense in Paris.

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