Today, 12 August, Estonian expert Märt Palo joins the European Union mission in Ukraine (EUAM Ukraine) as a senior advisor on dealing with organised crime. The Estonian expert has been posted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
EUAM Ukraine is an advisory mission created in 2014 to assist the civil sector reform of Ukraine. The mission supervises and advises relevant agencies of Ukraine in developing and implementing updated security strategies. Estonia has been participating in the mission since its creation.
Märt Palo graduated from the Estonian Academy of Security Sciences and completed the master’s programme in internal security. He has worked at the Police and Border Guard Board for more than 25 years, most recently as the division director of the Central Criminal Police.
In cooperation with international organisations and partner countries, Estonia participates in crisis prevention and international civilian crisis management missions, which provides a chance to help strengthen stability and democratic values in Europe and beyond. Participating in missions directly contributes to Estonia’s security and fulfils our foreign policy objectives, showing Estonia as a responsible member of the international community.
At the event organised this June to thank the experts who have served in civilian missions, Foreign Minister Reinsalu expressed pride in the experts we have posted. According to the minister, our ability to contribute to civilian missions and have a say in the developments of the world is as good as our people. He lauded the participants in civilian missions for their adaptability, stamina in difficult situations, dedication, and cooperation.
Estonia’s main ongoing European Union civilian missions are EUAM Ukraine, EUMM Georgia, EUPOL COPPS in the Palestinian territories and the EUCAP Sahel Mali. A total of 11 experts posted by Estonia are working in international civilian missions.
Kaisa Hanna Parel
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Estonia
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