Somaliland sun – EUCAP Nestor new Head of Mission, Maria-Cristina Stepanescu, a senior police officer from Romania, begins her mandate on September 1st.
Following a proposal to the EU Political and Security Committee (PSC) by the EU High Representative (HR) for Foreign Policy and Vice President, Federica Mogherini, Ms Stepanescu was appointed Head of Mission on July 26th.
Before joining EUCAP Nestor, Maria-Cristina Stepanescu has worked extensively in crisis management operations. EUCAP Nestor new Head of Mission has covered senior positions – among others – in the Romanian Ministry of Interior (Head of the Cooperation Unit/Schengen Department); the European Union Police Mission in Bosnia and Herzegovina (Head of the Programme Development and Coordination); United Nations Mission in Kosovo (Chief Investigator/Team Leader of Trafficking in Human Beings and Prostitution Unit, Serious and Organised Crime of Pristina Region)
From 2010 up to her appointment as EUCAP Nestor Head of Mission, Ms Stepanescu has been a Seconded National Expert/Police Expert to the European External Action Service (EEAS) in the Civilian Planning & Conduct Capability (CPCC), Operations division.
The new Head of Mission hold the national rank of Colonel.
EUCAP Nestor is a civilian EU mission, under the auspices of the Common Security and Defence Policy, which assists Somalia in strengthening its capacity to ensure maritime security and in particular to fight piracy.
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