EU naval operation signs agreement to train Libyan Coast Guard and Navy

August 25, 2016
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A Memorandum of Understanding on the training of the Libyan Coast Guard and Navy was signed yesterday in Rome between EUNAVFOR Med Operation Sophia and the Libyan Coast Guard.


The Operation will conduct a training programme of Libyan Coast Guards and Navy, in coordination with other EU agencies and international actors, in three consecutive phases – on the high sea on board of EUNAVFOR Med Operation Sophia units; ashore in a Member State or Libya; and on Libyan Coastguard and patrol boats.
The training programme will help improve the security of Libyan territorial waters, enhance the capacity of the Libyan Coast Guard and Navy to perform law enforcement actions to tackle human traffickers and smugglers and contribute to prevent further loss of life at sea.
EUNAVFOR Med Operation Sophia has been active in International waters since June 2015. Its core mandate is to disrupt the business model of human traffickers and smugglers in the Central Mediterranean. (EU Neighbourhood Info)
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Mogherini statement on the adoption of Resolution 2292
Council Conclusions on EUNAVFOR MED Operation Sophia (23-05-2016)
EEAS – Libya
EU Neighbourhood Info Centre webpage – Libya
EU Delegation to Libya – website and Facebook page 


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  • Libya
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