Eurogendfor: the new EU police force of limitless power

Monday, June 17, 2013
By Paul Martin
June 17, 2013

Among the many projects of international cooperation which Italy is currently involved seems it is appropriate to dwell on what Eurogendfor, or the European Gendarmerie Force. This is an initiative that involves in addition to our other 5 EU countries: France, Spain, Portugal, the Netherlands and Romania, but subsequently acceded to this project.

The purpose of the EGF to strengthen the management capacity of the future international crises and, more importantly, contribute to the common defense and security policy and may in all respects be considered a tool integrated approach to conduct police missions in several theaters, including those destabilized, in support of the European Union, NATO, the UN or any coalitions to create PURPOSE.

We started talking about this initiative ten years ago, in 2003, during an informal meeting of defense ministers held in Rome later in the Dutch town of Noordwijk Declaration of intent was signed among the top five countries involved and this document became operational two Years later, on 20 July 2006.

The “baptism of fire” took place the following year when the Eurogendfor conducted its first mission by participating in the operation of the EU called Alteha in Bosnia-Herzegovina, after which this group has intervened in Afghanistan and has provided support to the UN in Haiti devastated by the earthquake in 2010.

The main feature of this armed force is definitely its large flexible so that it can intervene quickly in any high intensity conflict is under any military command is under the control of civilians, acting jointly with other divisions or in a totally autonomous. It may also intervene at any time of the conflict in the initial phase it will have the task to stabilize or restore the order pre-existing alongside or replacing the local police force, during the transition phase will be called to serve a mission purely military in coordination with the local authorities, and finally in the final stage by facilitating the transfer of responsibilities from the military to the civilian chain of command.

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