Instability in the Central African Republic 

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On Wednesday, MEPs will assess the situation in the Central African Republic and the role of the EU’s Common Security and Defence Policy in the region.

How international support for the Central African Republic (CAR) should be enhanced, and what role the EU Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) plays in the region will be the focus of the debate organised jointly by the Security and Defence Subcommittee and the Foreign Affairs Committee on Wednesday.

With experts from the European External Action Service and the UN Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA), MEPs will also discuss the second round of the legislative elections in the country, scheduled for March, which will take place in an unstable security context. Russia’s involvement in the region and possible use of the European Peace Facility to equip the Central African Republic’s armed forces will also be discussed.

When: Wednesday, 24 February, from 13.30 to 14.30.

Where: European Parliament in Brussels, Altiero Spinelli (1G-3), and remotely.

Check the full agenda and speakers’ list. You can follow the discussion live.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, journalists are strongly advised to follow the meeting online.


Since 2013, the Central African Republic has faced a severe security crisis due to inter-religious and inter-communal fighting. The latest incident was an attack on the capital Bangui on 13 January by the rebel group, the Coalition of Patriots for Change (CPC), contesting the re-election of the President Archange Touadera in December.