- Support Niger's "Strategy for Security and Development";
- Encourage regional and international coordination in the Sahel against terrorism and organised crime;
- Reinforce the rule of law, and train local officials and police (Police nationale, Gendarmerie, and Garde nationale).
EUCAP was approved by the Council of the EU in July 2012, for a two year period, in response to growing concerns about terrorism and organised crime in the region.
Colonel Francisco Espinosa Navas was appointed to lead it for the first year.
EUCAP Sahel Niger is deploying a civilian advisory and training team to Niger; it will also have some military contact with Niger's armed forces.
There is a headquarters in Niamey, and liaison offices in Bamako (in Mali) and Nouakchott (in Mauritania).