EU confirms support for Libyan institutions

August 2, 2017
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EU representatives from the EU Delegation to Libya, the EU naval Operation Sophia and EUBAM border mission have met in Tripoli with the President of the Presidency Council, Fayez Al Serraj, and other Libyan officials, notably Deputy Defence Minister Colonel Ewhida Abdullah Ewhida, the Chief of the Libyan Navy and the Chief of the Libyan Coastguard.

Discussions focused on overall EU support to Libya and on Libyan needs, in particular capacity building for security institutions and the rule of law, border control and managing migration.

The mission took place just days after EUNAVFOR MED Operation Sophia, EUBAM Libya, and the EU Liaison and Planning Cell supporting the peace and security process in Libya were renewed until December 2018. On Operation Sophia, discussions focused on the implementation of the renewed mandate and tasks, notably on how to set up a monitoring mechanism to ensure the long-term efficiency of the training of the Libyan Coastguard.

The visit also followed the adoption of a new programme of €46 million under the EU Trust Fund for Africa on Friday 28 July, to reinforce the integrated migration and border management capacities of the Libyan authorities. It aims at stepping up activities in support of the Libyan Border and Coast Guards to enhance their capacity to effectively manage the country’s borders, and complements the €90 million package adopted in April 2017, focused on stabilisation and protection of IDPs, migrants, refugees and host communities in Libya.


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