EU restricts boat exports to Libya in effort to reduce migration

  • Dominika Jandová
  • 20.7.2017 20:36

On Monday, 17 July, EU foreign ministers agreed to limit the export and supply of inflatable boats and outboard motors to Libya in an effort to curb migration flows across the Mediterranean Sea and activities of people-smugglers. The restriction also applies to the transit of goods across EU states. It will not prevent exports for fishermen and other legitimate uses by the civilian population. Lybia's neighbouring countries, however, remain the source areas for these kinds of goods for smugglers.

The Foreign Affairs Council (FAC) has also agreed to extend the mandate of the EU mission EUBAM Libya, which assists Libyan authorities with border management, until the end of 2018. At the same time, it stressed the importance of Operation Sophia, which was criticised by the British Parliament last week. The problematic security situation in Libya continues to be crucial in trying to reduce migration and disrupt the activity of smugglers and human trafficker networks. At the end of last week, Prime Minister of the Libyan National Unity Government (GNA), Fayez al-Sarraj, called for radical political changes and announced that new parliamentary and presidential elections will be held in March next year.

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