Eupol AfghanistanThe mandate of the European Union Police Mission in Afghanistan was extended by the Council of the European Union on Wednesday.

According to a statement by EUPOL Afghanistan, the mandate was extended from 1 January 2015 until 31 December 2016.

The statement further added that the Council also approved a budget of €58 million for the Mission for the period of 1 January to 31 December 2015.

“EUPOL Afghanistan supports the efforts of the Government of Afghanistan to strengthen its civilian police service operating under an improved rule of law framework and upholding human rights. The Mission will continue to engage in three main areas focusing, in particular, at the strategic level on institutional reform of the Ministry of Interior, professionalisation of the Afghan National Police and the development of justice-police linkages,” the statement said.

Police Commissioner Karl Åke Roghe from Sweden has been the Head of Mission since August 2012. Mr Roghe said “I am delighted that EUPOL can continue its work and move onto a new chapter, supporting sustainable transition and delivering specific expertise to our Afghan colleagues.”

The EU is committed to Afghanistan and its people for the long-term, the statement said, adding that “When EUPOL Afghanistan completes its work, the European Union, including the European Commission and Member States, will continue to support the professionalisation of the Afghan police and the application of the rule of law as part of a broader international effort.”

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  • Ahmad Shah Ghani Zada is the former Senior Editor of Khaama Press Agency who managed and overlooked the English edition. He is occasionally contributing stories to the agency.