In Koulikoro training center, located in the Quartering Boubacar Sada Sy, are the European trainers, who since the beginning of June are imbued into two training tasks:

1. TTT « Train The Trainers » Course. The third year TTT started in late May and aims to improve knowledge of the instructors of the Malian army commanders through theoretical and practical classes. For this reason the course is divided into three distinct phases.

  • The first phase was largely theoretical, where the EUTM trainers gave lectures on topography, training methods and leadership classes among others.
  • During the second phase, in which we currently find ourselves and which will last approximately eight weeks, the students of the TTT course guided by the European instructors perform practices with the students of the Military Academy located in the same barracks Boubacar Sada Sy.
  • The third and final phase in which the knowledge acquired by the Malian controls is evaluated, lasts one week.

2. Supporting EMIA (Inter Weapons Military School). Since Monday 8th, the trainers of EUTM Mali are participating in the instruction and training of the first three courses of the Academy of the Cadets Officers in Mali. Different practices are carried out always adapting to the level of preparation of students of the different courses.


Match amical de football entre l’équipe local de Koulikoro et une sélection de EUTM MALI

5292097 Match amical de football entre léquipe local de Koulikoro et une sélection de EUTM MALIVendredi dernier 29 mai, à 10 :30 heures, au stade Mamadou Diarra de KOULIKORO, a eu lieu un match de football entre l’équipe local et une sélection multinationale de l’EUTM Mali, appartenant à la Training Task Force.

Le match était très égalé lors de la première mi-temps où les deux équipes se sont créés de nombreuses occasions; toutefois, un coup franc du Capitaine Lykostratis (GRE) a permis au européens d’en transformer une pour le gain au milieu de la première période du match.

L’équipe de Koulikoro, renforcée grâce à quelques modifications, a pû dominer le jeu en seconde mi-temps, déplaçant avec critère le ballon et menaçant la surface de réparation des européens, cette dernière bien défendue par le caporal Gómez (ESP). Cette pression a permis au locaux l’égalisation su score ce qui a redonné des forces à l’équipe locale pour continuer même à remonter en marquant deux buts supplémentaires, ayant le match un résultat final 3 -1 en faveur de l’équipe locale.

La rencontre a été assisté par une animée par de chaleureux supporters locaux et visitant, parmi lesquelles il convient de souligner la présence du Colonel Séville, Chef de la Training task-force et celle du Col Traoré, chef du centre d’instruction Boubacar Sada Sy de Koulikoro.

Une fois faite la remise des cadeaux, suivie d’une photo de groupe et sous les applaudissements du public assistant, cette rencontre s’est conclue  en resserrant les liens de fraternité entre la population de Koulikoro et les membres de EUTM au Mali.

NGOs open doors day in EUTM Headquarters

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Today, various NGOs which carry out their work in Mali, have gathered together on an open day at the EUTM headquarters in Bamako.

Approximately 35 people, from more than 30 NGOs have attended a series of conferences which showed them the duties performed by the members of this European mission. Without a doubt,  it was a great opportunity to strengthen and improve the relation between EUTM and the humanitarian community in Mali.

Among the present NGOs there were Action Contre le Faim, Africare, AMCP/ALIMA, AMASSA, AMDH, Amnesty International, CARE, DCA, DDG, DRC,  DVV International, ECHO, EUDel, Fondation Merieux, Handicap International, ICRC, International Committee of the red cross, IEDA, I  MRAP, INSO, IOM, IRC, MAG, Medicines Sans Frontiers, OCHA, OX  FA  M, PU-AMI, Save The Children, Terre des Hommes, UNHCR, UNICEF, UNMAS, Welthungerhlife, World Vision.

Such events are rewarding for both presenters and attendees as our common aim is to help and support this great African country.




On Friday 15th May, the International Humanitarian Law (IHL) training team at EUTM Mali has carried out practical training sessions for EU trainers to reacquaint themselves with the key concepts of the Law of Armed Conflict (LOAC).

The practical training scenarios were carried out in Koulikoro Training Camp  by the UK and Irish Training Team and included a simulated checkpoint scenario, training on response to gender based violence and scenarios involving handling and disarming of child soldiers, as well as command decisions relating to protected sites such as schools and hospitals.

The aim of the exercises was for the EU trainers to put into action the key concepts of IHL: Distinction, Proportionality, Military necessity and Humanity. Through practical training scenarios they were able to engage in realistic situations in the Malian context and ensure that IHL will be subsequently be mainstreamed into all training that the EU mission provides to the Malian Armed Forces (MAF).

Practical IHL training scenarios will be carried out in upcoming training sessions for the MAF by the EUTM IHL Training Team and its Malian partners. 

Combat River Crossing training successfully completed


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Bapho 16.05.2015. The Combat River Crossing (CRC) training performed by German engineers has successfully been concluded. All participants of the training received their leaving certificates during a festive parade. Afterwards the German trainers were awarded with the Common Security and Defence Policy service medal.

In their nine week training, Malian engineers learned to assemble and maneuver a pontoon ferry and proved their skills in a final exercise. The CRC training is a key competence, considering the limited infrastructure and the small number of bridges across the Niger in the country.

In his speech in front of numerous guests from Malian society and military, the Deputy Commander and Chief of Staff of EUTM, Colonel Klaus Schirra, praised the Malian soldiers for their performances during the whole training: “Maneuvering pontoons, weighing over 1200 kilogram under extreme heat is a work for real soldiers. You have demonstrated that you are capable to perform your mission without external help from the German trainers during the final exercise. Chapeau! You need to continue your training and work hard to serve your country, the Republic of Mali, in order to protect its wonderful people.”

Combat River Crossing Ausbildung erfolgreich beendet

 Bapho, 16.05.2015. Die Fährausbildung malischer Soldaten durch deutsche Pioniere aus Minden ist offiziell beendet. Im Rahmen eines feierlichen Abschlussappells wurden die Abschlusszeugnisse für die Teilnehmer der Fährausbildung verliehen und die deutschen Soldaten anschließend mit der Einsatzmedaille der EUTM ausgezeichnet.

Die Ausbildung der malischen Pioniere hat insgesamt neun Wochen gedauert und endete mit einer Abschlussübung, in der die Teilnehmer selbstständig und unter Einsatzbedingungen die Gewässerüberquerung mithilfe einer Fähre geübt haben. Angesichts der geringen Infrastruktur und den wenigen Brücken im Land, stellt die Fährausbildung eine Schlüsselkompetenz für die malischen Streitkräfte dar.

In seiner Ansprache vor zahlreichen Gästen aus Gesellschaft und Militär Malis, lobte der stellvertretende Kommandeur und Chef des Stabes der European Training Mission Mali (EUTM), Oberst i.G. Klaus Schirra, die angetretenen Soldaten für ihre gezeigten Leistungen: „Über 1200 Kilogramm schwere Pontons unter extremer Hitze von bis zu 50 Grad zu manövrieren ist eine Arbeit für echte Soldaten. Sie haben in der Abschlussübung gezeigt, dass Sie Ihren Auftrag auch ohne die Hilfe Ihrer deutschen Ausbilder durchführen können. Chapeau! Jetzt müssen Sie weiterhin hart arbeiten und trainieren um Ihren Land, der Republik Mali zu dienen und seine wunderbaren Menschen zu schützen “