Tag Archives | European Union (EU)

Libya and Brexit

By Peter Millett, British Ambassador to Libya. What does Brexit mean for Libya? Many Libyans have asked me this question during my visits to Tripoli. Does the fact that the British people voted to leave the European Union mean that the United Kingdom will be less interested in Libya? Absolutely not.  The UK will be […]

Europe’s Plan “Endangers Foreigners in Libya”

European Union efforts to stem migration from Libya risk condemning migrants and asylum seekers to violent abuse at the hands of government officials, militias, and criminal groups in Libya, Human Rights Watch (HRW) has said. Newly documented abuses include torture, rape, and killings in squalid detention centers where migrants, including people intercepted at sea by […]

EUR 27.5m for Migration Programmes in North Africa

The European Commission has launched new support measures worth EUR 27.5 million to support the North Africa region in addressing the current migration situation. The EU Emergency Trust Fund for Africa adopted three new programmes which will focus on the following areas: migration governance, protection of vulnerable migrants and refugees, and enhanced resilience of migrant […]

EUNAVFOR MED Mandate Extended; Role Expanded

EUNAVFOR MED Operation Sophia: mandate extended by one year and two new tasks added The EU extended until 27 July 2017 the mandate of the EUNAFOR MED Operation Sophia, the EU naval operation to disrupt the business model of human smugglers and traffickers in the Southern Central Mediterranean. The operation’s mandate was also reinforced with […]

Mogherini: UN Resolution supports Libya Arms Embargo

Mogherini: UN Resolution enables EU operation to implement arms embargo on Libya EU High Representative Federica Mogherini said the UN adoption of Resolution 2292, authorising inspection of suspected embargo-breaking vessels off Libya’s coast, “will now enable Operation Sophia also to play an important role in implementing the UN arms embargo on Libya.” Since the beginning […]

EU “risks Fuelling Horrific Abuse of Refugees” in Libya

The EU’s plans to cooperate more closely with Libya on migration risk fuelling the rampant ill-treatment and indefinite detention in horrifying conditions of thousands of refugees and migrants, said Amnesty International. Last month the EU announced plans to extend its anti-smuggling naval mission in the Mediterranean, Operation Sophia, for another year and to train, build […]

EU gives over EUR 6m to support Libya Stabilisation

The European Commission has announced the allocation of over EUR 6 million to support stabilisation efforts in Libya through the Instrument contributing to Stability & Peace (IcSP). EUR 5 million will go to the Stabilisation Facility for Libya – an initiative of the Libyan Government of National Accord (GNA), supported by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the […]

Mogherini Stresses Importance of Int’l Cooperation at UN

In a wide ranging speech to the UN Security Council on Monday 6 June, EU High Representative Federica Mogherini stressed the vital importance of cooperation between the European Union and the United Nations, the need to revive peace talks between Israelis and Palestinians and for a continued diplomatic effort to stop the war in Syria. […]