EU Security and Defence operation EUNAVFOR MED response to COVID-19

May 27, 2020
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EUNAVFOR MED has developed on its on-line training platform a “COVID-19 information course” to enhance the knowledge and understanding of the COVID-19 pandemic with the aim to strengthen the implementation of the behavioral changes needed to contrast the spread of the coronavirus.

The course will allow the operation to establish a smart way to better handle internal training requirements. It will be also addressed to train the Libyan Coast Guard and Navy (LCG and N) as soon as possible. Additionally, it could be also made available to other CSDP (Common Security and Defence Policy) operations and/or EU entities and organizations.

The IRINI on-line training platform was created and developed with the main intent to mitigate the limitations imposed by the current COVID-19 pandemic crisis with respect to the training activities delivered in favor of the LCG and N.

This tool will enable IRINI in providing the LCG and N personnel with a number of online courses that could be used also in the future (after COVID pandemic crisis) to integrate/complement the traditional training.

Operation Irini (named after the Greek goddess for “peace”) was planned in a very short timeframe and launched on 31 March 2020, following a decision by the Council of the European Union. The main task is the implementation of the arms embargo on Libya under the relevant UN Security Council resolutions. The Operation also has secondary tasks including monitoring illegal oil trafficking from Libya, contributing to countering human trafficking and smuggling activities (through air monitoring) and contributing to the training of the Libyan Coast Guard and Navy.


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Press release

EUNAVFOR MED response to COVID-19 – video

IRINI on-line training platform

EUNAVFOR MED IRINI – website and Facebook page

Countries covered:

  • Libya