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EU Council extends planning for mission EUBAM Libya

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LIBYAPROSPECT – London

The European Council has agreed to extend the planning of the EU Border Assistance Mission (EUBAM) Libya until the 21 August 2017. The EU Council also approved a €17million budget for the period between 22 August 2016 to 21 August 2017.

Mission EUBAM Libya has been designed to be a part of the EU’s approach to supporting Libya’s transition to a stable and democratic state. EUBAM is mandated to plan for a future EU mission which would provide advice in the areas of criminal justice, migration, border security and counter-terrorism.

The EU Council claims that any future mission in Libya would seek to address aspects of law enforcement of irregular migration, smuggling of migrants and human trafficking of migrants while promoting long-term efforts for security reform and governance. They highlight that this will only take place at the request of the legitimate Libyan authorities “with their full ownership.”