Proposal for a Council Decision amending Joint Action 2005/889/CFSP on establishing a European Union Border Assistance Mission for the Rafah Crossing Point (EU BAM Rafah)

1. This draft Council Decision extends the mandate of the Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) Mission deployed in the Occupied Palestinian Territories: the European Union Border Assistance Mission for the Rafah Crossing Point (EUBAM Rafah). The mandate extension is for a period of 12 months, until 30 June 2020, following the strategic review in April 2019, and to consider extension for another year until 2021 following an interim Strategic Review in 2020.


2. An Explanatory Memorandum on this mission was last submitted for Parliamentary Scrutiny on 18 June 2018. The House of Commons European Scrutiny Committee cleared the item as “not legally or politically important” on 14 June 2018 (ESC 39898, 32nd Report, Session 2017-19). The House of Lords External Affairs Sub-Committee cleared the item on 29 October 2018.


3. The Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs is the Minister with overall responsibility for UK policy on the EU’s Common Foreign and Security Policy.


4. The UK’s Foreign Affairs policy is a reserved matter under the UK’s devolution settlements and no devolved administration interests arise. The devolved administrations have therefore not been consulted in the preparation of this EM.

Topic  Common Security and Defence Policy 
Department  FCO 
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