On 28 May 2016, EUPOL COPPS and EUBAM Rafah participated in the European Union Open Day organised in Brussels. This was an excellent occasion to present both missions activities to a broad audience. EUPOL COPPS Deputy Head of Mission Lena Larsson was accompanied by Lt. Col. Tareq Dawabshah, Director of the International Communication and Liaison Unit of the Palestinian Civil Police and by Mr. Yousef Abdelsamad, Head of International Relations of the Minister of Justice to answer the numerous questions of the public.
“It is very important for us to be in direct contact with the European citizens. This allows us to explain the human dimension of our activities with the Palestinians and why our work is so crucial”, said Mrs. Lena Larsson.
Mr. Iyad Salameh, Head of the International Relations of the General Administration for Borders and Crossing accompanied Mrs. Natalina Cea, Head of EUBAM Rafah mission. They provided detailed information on the mission’s current activities.
“The fact that I am here today with Mr. Salameh, giving information to European citizens on the work accomplished together for the all the Palestinian citizen, particularly for those living in Gaza, shows how strong is our joint commitment and hope for a positive development in the area”, added Mrs. Natalina Cea.
This event attracted hundreds of visitors in the European External Action Service premises in the Schuman area, providing them with a broad overview of the EU involvement in the world.