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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 […]

Video: Vice Tightens on Libya's People Traffickers

From AFP. Any opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Libya Business News. In Sabratha, Libya's main departure point for clandestine migrants hoping to reach Europe, people trafficking gangs are under so much pressure that some have closed for business:

Italy offers to Train Libyan Coastguard

By Jobn Lee. Italy has reportedly offered to train 1,000 members of the Libyan coast guard this year ons "anti illegal emigration service", "criminal investigations", and "theoretical and practical instruction" for motorboat crews. According to ANSAMed, the offer was made during the meeting of the joint Italy-Libya committee on the fight against human trafficking. Italy […]

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 […]

PM Serraj calls for Elections in March

By John Lee. In a major speech setting out his vision for Libya, the head of Libya's Presidency Council, Fayez Al-Sarraj [Faiez Serraj] has called for parliamentary and presidential elections in March 2018. In what has been described as a road map to unify the country, the leader of the Government of National Accord (GNA) […]

EU Restricts Sales of Inflatable Boats to Libya

By John Lee. In an effort to further disrupt the business model of people smugglers and human traffickers, the European Union's Foreign Affairs Council on Libya has introduced restrictions on the export and supply to Libya of inflatable boats (dinghies) and outboard motors. EU member states will now have a legal basis to prevent the […]

Video: EU to Crackdown on People-Smuggling in Libya

From Al Jazeera. Any opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Libya Business News. EU countries to crackdown on people-smuggling in Libya As refugees seek a new life in Europe, they face a perilous journey crossing the Mediterranean. Officials from eight EU countries have pledged $96m to the […]

Libya Surveillance Team Killed in Malta Plane Crash

By John Lee. A small plane crashed after take-off from Malta's airport on Monday morning, killing all five people on board. Government officials in France and Malta have confirmed that the victims — three French defense ministry officials and two private contractors — were part of a French Customs surveillance operation tracing routes of illicit […]