The European Union Police Mission in Afghanistan (EUPOL AFGHANISTAN) was launched in 2007 to support the reform efforts of the Afghan Government in creating a civilian police force that operates within an improved rule of law framework. The Mission is part of the EU's long-term commitment and contributes to the EU's overall political and strategic objectives in Afghanistan.


The Mission focuses on institutional reform of the Ministry of Interior (MoI) and professionalization of the Afghan National Police (ANP), including through the development of local training capacity and institutions. In addition, it supports the development of an improved interaction among Afghan law enforcement and criminal justice actors such as cooperation of police officers and prosecutors in criminal investigations. Human rights and gender, as well as aspects related to enhancing accountability are being mainstreamed across all Mission's activities.


EUPOL provides leadership and specialised training, mentoring and advising in relevant Afghan institutions (MoI, ANP, Ministry of Justice, Attorney General's Office) in Kabul, Herat and Mazar-e-Sharif. It carries out its tasks in a joint effort with the Government and in close coordination with a number of local and international partners.


After the end of the current mandate period on 31 December 2014, the Mission is expected to be prolonged for two more years as outlined by the Council in June 2014. Until end of 2016, EUPOL is foreseen to continue supporting further development efforts by the Afghan counterparts in the field of civilian policing and criminal justice sector as well as to work on a sustainable transition to local ownership and, where needed, to other actors in order to safeguard its achievements.


Head of Mission since August 2012 is Police Commissioner Karl Åke Roghe from Sweden.



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15 June 2007
31 December 2014
Karl Åke Roghe 
284 international staff and 198 local staff
EUR 108 Million (for the period of 01 June 2013 – End of 2014)
22 EU Member States