New EUTM Somalia commander takes office

Brigadier General Antonio Maggi who is the new Mission Commander for the EU Training Mission in Somalia (EUTM Somalia) has officially taken office.

General Maggi, from Italy has succeeded Brigadier General Massimo Mingiardi, who had been in the position since December 2013.

Members of the diplomatic core in the country and senior Somali security officials led by Somali army chief General Dahir Adan attended the ceremony at mission’s main base in the capital Mogadishu.

EUTM Somalia, launched in spring 2010, is part of the EU’s comprehensive approach for a stable, democratic and prosperous Somalia and embedded in the EU strategic framework for the Horn of Africa.

It has contributed to training over 4.000 Somali troops so far, with a special focus on officers, specialists and trainers.