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Amnesty says EU Abandoning Migrants in Libya

From Amnesty International: EU: Diminished “Operation Sophia” abandons refugees and migrants to reckless Libyan Coast Guard Reacting to reports that EU governments have agreed to significantly downscale the EunavforMed Operation ‘Sophia’, withdrawing ships from the central Mediterranean and only continuing the mission with air surveillance, Massimo Moratti, Amnesty International’s Researcher Director said: “This is an […]

NOC Chairman receives EU Ambassador to Libya

The Chairman of the National Oil Corporation (NOC), Mustafa Sanalla, has received Her Excellency Mrs Bettina Muscheidt, EU Ambassador to Libya, and a EU delegation on 28 May, 2018, at NOC’s Tripoli headquarters. Salah Ben Ali, Manager of the International Cooperation Office also attended the meeting. The two parties discussed several issues related to NOC, […]

Better Information Sharing on Crime in the Mediterranean

EUNAVFOR MED Operation Sophia: operation to contribute to better information sharing on crime in the Mediterranean The European Council today adopted a decision allowing for the creation of a crime information cell within EUNAVFOR MED Operation Sophia. The information cell will be composed of up to 10 staff members from relevant law enforcement authorities of […]

Oil Smuggling costs Libya $750m/yr

Mustafa Sanalla (pictured), Chairman of Libya’s National Oil Corporation (NOC), used a keynote speech to the global oil industry to demand a series of measures be taken to save the industry and his country from the significant economic and societal damage wreaked by endemic fuel smuggling. To an audience of industry experts at the inaugural […]

New Training for Libyan Coastguard and Navy in Italy

A group of Libyan Coastguard and Navy personnel, selected to attend new training modules organised as part of the EU naval force in the Mediterranean, recently arrived at the Italian Navy Petty Officer Academy in Taranto. The competent Libyan authorities have provided EUNAVFOR Med with a total of 87 candidates (Officers and Petty Officers) for […]

EU Naval Mission in Mediterranean Extended to end-2018

The European Union has extended the mandate of its naval operation in the Mediterranean – known as EUNAVFOR MED Operation Sophia – until 31 December 2018. The operation aims at disrupting the business model of migrant smugglers and human traffickers in the Southern Central Mediterranean. The operation also has two supporting tasks: training the Libyan […]

EU Extends Libyan Border Assistance Mission

By John Lee. The Council also agreed to extend the CSDP mission, the EU Border Assistance Mission (EUBAM Libya), until 31 December 2018. EUBAM Libya currently assists and engages with the Libyan authorities on border management, law enforcement and criminal justice with a particular emphasis on the South of Libya. The mission will also work […]

US Ambassador Supports Govt of National Accord (GNA)

U.S. Marine Corps Gen. Thomas D. Waldhauser, Commander, U.S. Africa Command, and Amb. Peter Bodde, U.S. Ambassador to Libya, met with the Prime Minister of Libya’s Unity Government Fayez al-Sarraj in Tripoli, Libya May 23, 2017. During the meeting, Waldhauser and Bodde updated Sarraj on issues and concerns previously discussed during earlier meetings. These topics […]