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Council Decision 2010/108/CFSP of 22 February 2010 extending the mandate of the European Union Special Representative in the Republic of Moldova

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[F1Article 1 U.K. European Union Special Representative

The mandate of Mr Kálmán MIZSEI as the EUSR in the Republic of Moldova is hereby extended until 28 February 2011 or until the Council decides, on a proposal by the High Representative, that appropriate corresponding functions to those under the current Decision have been established in the European External Action Service and terminates the mandate.]

Article 2U.K.Policy objectives

1.The mandate of the EUSR shall be based on the policy objectives of the European Union (EU) in the Republic of Moldova. These objectives include:

(a)

contributing to a peaceful settlement of the Transnistria conflict and to the implementation of such a settlement on the basis of a viable solution, respecting the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Republic of Moldova within its internationally recognised borders;

(b)

contributing to the strengthening of democracy, the rule of law and respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms for all citizens of the Republic of Moldova;

(c)

promoting good and close relations between the Republic of Moldova and the Union on the basis of common values and interests and as set out in the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) Action Plan;

(d)

assisting in the fight against the trafficking of human beings and of weapons and other goods, from and through the Republic of Moldova;

(e)

contributing to strengthening stability and cooperation in the region;

(f)

enhancing Union effectiveness and visibility in the Republic of Moldova and in the region;

(g)

enhancing the effectiveness of border and customs controls and border surveillance activities in the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine along their common border, with a particular focus on the Transnistrian section, notably through an EU Border Mission.

2.The EUSR shall support the work of the HR in the Republic of Moldova and the region.

Article 3U.K.Mandate

1.In order to achieve the policy objectives, the mandate of the EUSR shall be to:

(a)

strengthen the Union’s contribution to the resolution of the Transnistria conflict in accordance with agreed Union policy objectives and in close coordination with the OSCE, representing the Union through appropriate channels and in agreed fora and by developing and maintaining close contacts with all relevant actors;

(b)

assist in the preparation, as appropriate, of Union contributions to the implementation of an eventual conflict settlement;

(c)

follow closely political developments in the Republic of Moldova, including in the Transnistrian region, by developing and maintaining close contacts with the Government of the Republic of Moldova and other domestic actors, and offer, as appropriate, the Union’s advice and facilitation;

(d)

assist in the further development of the Union’s policy towards the Republic of Moldova and the region, in particular regarding conflict prevention and conflict resolution;

(e)

through a support team led by a Senior Political Adviser to the EUSR:

(i)

assure political overview of developments and activities related to the Moldovan-Ukrainian state border;

(ii)

analyse the political commitment of the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine to improving border management;

(iii)

promote cooperation on border issues between the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine, also in view of building preconditions for a settlement to the Transnistrian conflict;

(f)

contribute to the implementation of the EU human rights policy and EU Guidelines on Human Rights, in particular with regard to children and women in conflict-affected areas, especially by monitoring and addressing developments in this regard.

2.For the purpose of the fulfilment of his mandate, the EUSR shall maintain an overview of all Union activities, notably the relevant aspects of the ENP Action Plan.

Article 4U.K.Implementation of the mandate

1.The EUSR shall be responsible for the implementation of the mandate acting under the authority of the HR.

2.The Political and Security Committee (PSC) shall maintain a privileged link with the EUSR and shall be the EUSR’s primary point of contact with the Council. The PSC shall provide the EUSR with strategic guidance and political direction within the framework of the mandate, without prejudice to the powers of the HR.

[F1Article 5 U.K. Financing

1. The financial reference amount intended to cover the expenditure related to the mandate of the EUSR for the period from 1 March 2010 to 31 August 2010 shall be EUR  1 025 000 .

2. The financial reference amount intended to cover the expenditure related to the mandate of the EUSR for the period from 1 September 2010 to 28 February 2011 shall be EUR  830 000 .

3. The expenditure shall be managed in accordance with the procedures and rules applicable to the general budget of the Union.

4. The management of the expenditure shall be subject to a contract between the EUSR and the Commission. The EUSR shall be accountable to the Commission for all expenditure.]

Article 6U.K.Constitution and composition of the team

1.Within the limits of his mandate and the corresponding financial means made available, the EUSR shall be responsible for constituting his team. The team shall include the expertise on specific policy issues as required by the mandate. The EUSR shall keep the Council and the Commission promptly informed of the composition of his team.

2.Member States and institutions of the Union may propose the secondment of staff to work with the EUSR. The salary of personnel who are seconded by a Member State or an institution of the Union to the EUSR shall be covered by the Member State or the institution of the Union concerned. Experts seconded by Member States to the General Secretariat of the Council may also be posted to the EUSR. International contracted staff shall have the nationality of a Member State.

3.All seconded personnel shall remain under the administrative authority of the sending Member State or Union institution and shall carry out their duties and act in the interest of the mandate of the EUSR.

Article 7U.K.Privileges and immunities of the EUSR and his staff

The privileges, immunities and further guarantees necessary for the completion and smooth functioning of the mission of the EUSR and the members of his staff shall be agreed with the host party/parties as appropriate. Member States and the Commission shall grant all necessary support to such effect.

Article 8U.K.Security of EU classified information

The EUSR and the members of his team shall respect the security principles and minimum standards established by Council Decision 2001/264/EC of 19 March 2001 adopting the Council’s security regulations(1), in particular when managing EU classified information.

Article 9U.K.Access to information and logistical support

1.Member States, the Commission and the General Secretariat of the Council shall ensure that the EUSR is given access to any relevant information.

2.The Union delegation and/or Member States, as appropriate, shall provide logistical support in the region.

Article 10U.K.Security

In accordance with the Union’s policy on the security of personnel deployed outside the Union in an operational capacity under Title V of the Treaty, the EUSR shall take all reasonably practicable measures, in conformity with his mandate and the security situation in his geographical area of responsibility, for the security of all personnel under his direct authority, notably by:

(a)

establishing a mission-specific security plan based on guidance from the General Secretariat of the Council, including mission-specific physical, organisational and procedural security measures, governing management of the secure movement of personnel to, and within, the mission area, as well as management of security incidents and including a mission contingency and evacuation plan;

(b)

ensuring that all personnel deployed outside the Union are covered by high risk insurance as required by the conditions in the mission area;

(c)

ensuring that all members of his team to be deployed outside the Union, including locally contracted personnel, have received appropriate security training before or upon arriving in the mission area, based on the risk ratings assigned to the mission area by the General Secretariat of the Council;

(d)

ensuring that all agreed recommendations made following regular security assessments are implemented and providing the HR, the Council and the Commission with written reports on their implementation and on other security issues within the framework of the mid-term and mandate implementation reports.

Article 11U.K.Reporting

The EUSR shall regularly provide the HR and the PSC with oral and written reports. The EUSR shall also report as necessary to Council working parties. Regular written reports shall be circulated through the COREU network. Upon recommendation of the HR or the PSC, the EUSR may provide the Foreign Affairs Council with reports.

Article 12U.K.Coordination

1.The EUSR shall promote overall Union political coordination. He shall help to ensure that all Union instruments in the field are engaged coherently to attain the Union’s policy objectives. The activities of the EUSR shall be coordinated with those of the Presidency and the Commission, as well as those of other EUSRs active in the region as appropriate. The EUSR shall provide Member States’ missions and the Union’s delegations with regular briefings.

2.In the field, close liaison shall be maintained with the Head of the Union delegation and Member States’ Heads of Mission. They shall make best efforts to assist the EUSR in the implementation of the mandate. The EUSR shall also liaise with other international and regional actors in the field.

Article 13U.K.Review

The implementation of this Decision and its consistency with other contributions from the Union to the region shall be kept under regular review. The EUSR shall present the HR, the Council and the Commission with a mandate implementation report at the end of the mandate.

Article 14U.K.Entry into force

This Decision shall enter into force on the date of its adoption.

It shall apply from 1 March 2010.

Article 15U.K.Publication

This Decision shall be published in the Official Journal of the European Union.

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