European force in Central African Republic fully operational


The European Union Force in the Central African Republic (EUFOR RCA) has become fully operational and it continues to provide security to the country.

According to the European Union, EUFOR RCA was declared fully operational on June 15. “This marks another step forward in the EU’s commitment to stabilizing the country and protecting the civilian populations,” the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development and the Ministry of Defence said.

The EU force now includes 700 soldiers and gendarmes from France, Spain, Estonia, Finland, Georgia, Latvia, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Poland and Romania.

In addition to the protection of Bangui airport, EUFOR RCA will now ensure security in the 3rd and 5th districts of Bangui, in support of the African Union’s MISCA forces and alongside Operation Sangaris.

IHS Janes reported that the force will carry out its tasks for the next four to six months in coordination with the African-led International Support Mission (MISCA) in the CAR.

EUFOR RCA first deployed in April and protected refugees around the airport in the capital Bangui.