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Estonian expert appointed Deputy Head of EU Police Mission in Afghanistan

22.04.2015

Tarmo Miilits has been appointed the new Deputy Head of the European Union Police Mission in Afghanistan (EUPOL Afghanistan).

According to Foreign Minister Keit Pentus-Rosimannus, Tarmo Miilits’s appointment as the new Deputy Head of the EUPOL Afghanistan mission is a high recognition for Estonia, as well as for the Estonian Police and Border Guard Board. “This is the highest post achieved by an Estonian expert on a mission so far,” the Foreign Minister said. “From the standpoint of the security situation in Afghanistan and its stable future, the activities of EUPOL and international support for the training of police in Afghanistan is very necessary,” she added.

Interior Minister Hanno Pevkur said the appointment of Tarmo Miilits to such a high international position is foremost a recognition of his work so far. “Tarmo, as well as other Estonian experts, have already achieved a lot in building up the capabilities of the Afghan police and rescue teams, and I am glad that we can contribute to the reconstruction of Afghanistan with our experts in the future as well, since we will be part of the Afghanistan civilian mission until at least the end of 2016,” Pevkur noted.

According to Tarmo Miilits, it is a great challenge and responsibility to represent the European Union in Afghanistan and to advise the state’s strategic level in the carrying out of reforms in the field of internal security. “When Afghanistan's internal security sector is strong and already able to independently ensure security in this region, then the impact of this will no doubt reach beyond the country’s borders,” Tarmo Miilits said.

Until now, Tarmo Miilits worked within the EU police mission in Afghanistan as the Head of the Ministry of Interior Reform Component, while also serving as deputy head of the mission. He began working with the EUPOL mission in December 2013 as the Head of the Field Component. Thanks to his good service and abilities, he quickly rose within the ranks of the mission to become the head of the police component.

Tarmo Miilits served in the Estonian Police for 25 years, starting from its re-establishment and eventually reaching the post of Deputy Director General of the Estonian Police.

Currently, Estonia is participating in the EU Police Mission in Afghanistan with two experts. Estonia is also participating in EU civilian missions in Ukraine (EUAM), Georgia (EUMM) and Kosovo (EULEX).

The EU Police Mission in Afghanistan was initiated in 2007. The mission’s duties include advising the Afghan Interior Ministry in matters of police reform, the fight against corruption and the development of criminal investigation capacity and police intelligence.

Afghanistan is one of the main destination countries of Estonia's development cooperation. The priority areas of development cooperation with Afghanistan include education, security and the development of IT capabilities.

 

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