High Representative/Vice-President Josep Borrell visits EUNAVFOR MED IRINI’s Headquarters
March 18, 2021
On 18 and 19 March 2021, the High Representative/Vice-President Josep Borrell will be visiting the EU’s Common Security and Defense Policy (CSDP) military operation EUNAVFOR MED IRINI on the occasion of its 1st anniversary.
On 18 March, High Representative/Vice-President Josep Borrell will meet the Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs Luigi di Maio and the Minister of Defence Lorenzo Guerini. The HR/VP will then visit the Operation’s Headquarters in Rome where he will meet with the Operation’s Commander Rear Admiral Fabio Agostini.
On 19 March, High Representative Borrell will visit the Sigonella air base where he will deliver a speech and preside a medal ceremony. He will then visit the frigate FGS Berlin which recently joined the operation.
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.