EU police mission for the Palestinian Territories extended

Brussels, 3rd July 2013 - The Council of the European Union prolonged the EU police mission, EUPOL COPPS, for the Palestinian Territories until 30 June 2014.

Wednesday’s decision is part of wider EU efforts in support of Palestinian state building in the context of working towards a comprehensive resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict based on a two-state solution.
The mission has been assisting the Palestinian Authority in building the institutions of a future state of Palestine in the areas of policing and criminal justice since January 2006.
Through its contribution to security and justice sector reform, the mission supports efforts to increase the security of the Palestinian population and to reinforce the rule of law. Kenneth Deane has been Head of Mission since 1 July 2012.
A budget of € 9.570 million has been allocated for the mission's activities between 1 July 2013 and 30 June 2014.