EUCAP Field Office Hargeisa – supporting Somaliland on
maritime security

The EUCAP Field Office in Hargeisa,
Somaliland, has a total of fourteen
European Mission Members who
come from Denmark, Finland,
Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, the
Netherlands, Sweden and Romania,
and eight Somali Mission Members,
who work as a team to build
relationships with and deliver
capacity support to partners from
Somaliland Government institutions.
The Field Office works closely with the
Somaliland Coast Guard (SLCG) to
provide programs that build the
capabilities and the skills needed to
protect the coast of Somaliland and
increase maritime security. Strategic
Advisors and Coast Guard Advisors
from the office deliver training in both
Hargeisa and the coastal town of
Berbera, where EUCAP has a
permanent presence, on practical and
theoretical maritime law
enforcement, including the
prevention and suppression of
trafficking and smuggling (PSTS).
In 2018 EUCAP partnered with the
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the
Swedish Government who, under a
“Swedish Boat Project” donated new
search and rescue (SAR) fast boats to
the Coast Guard and facilitated
Swedish Coast Guard experts to
deliver trainings on search and rescue,
boat handling, communication and
EUCAP in Hargeisa also has a strong
relationship with the Ministry of
Interior, which is the line Ministry for
the Somaliland Coast Guard, and
supports the sub-working group
meetings on Maritime Security by
acting as a secretariat for the
group, providing assistance on the
development of concept notes
and project development of the
working group.
Alongside its maritime work,
EUCAP Field Office in Hargeisa
works directly with the Somaliland
Attorney General Office,
conducting joint law enforcement
trainings for police, prosecutors,
lawyers and judges as well as for
the Somaliland Coast Guard.
As part of this rule of law support,
EUCAP assisted the Attorney
General’s Office to finalise the
Somaliland Coast Guard Law,
supporting a Drafting Committee
which was made up of
representatives from the Ministry
of Interior, the Ministry of Justice
and Judicial Affairs, the Law
Reform Commission and the
Counter-Piracy Coordination
Office. As a result in March 2017,
the Somaliland Coast Guard Law
was passed by the Somaliland
Cabinet of Ministers, and signed
by the president of Somaliland in
December 2018.
After all the hard work supporting
partners in Somaliland, EUCAP
staff wind-down at the end of the
day in the gym, playing weekly
volley-ball matches and table
tennis, and also hold weekly staff
BBQs in the compound.


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