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Libyan Newswire

Answer – Funding activities connected with migration in Libya – E-007383/2017

Through the EU Emergency Trust Fund for Africa(1), the European Commission supports the efforts of International Organisations, Civil Society Organisations and Member States’ agencies to provide assistance and protection to migrants, refugees and Internally Displaced People (IDPs) in Libya, support to Libyan municipalities as well as capacity building and training to Libyan authorities working on migration management. The Libyan authorities targeted by these activities are the Department Combatting Illegal Migration (DCIM), port security, the General Administration for Coastal security (GACS) under the Ministry of Interior and the Libyan Coast Guard (LCG) under the Ministry of Defence as well as authorities under the mandate of the Ministries of Local Governance, Education and Planning. This support however does not entail direct funding to Libyan authorities.

There is currently a package of EUR 186.8 million worth of EU funding for programmes on migration financed through the EU Emergency Trust Fund for Africa, and EU budget. Through this support, the EU has already supported the distribution of blankets, clothes and hygiene kits to more than 25 000 migrants, provided medical assistance to more than 8 000 migrants, inside and outside detention centres, and assisted more than 3 000 Libyan families. In 2017, with substantial support from the EU Emergency Trust Fund for Africa, the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) assisted more than 19 000 stranded migrants to voluntarily return from Libya to their countries of origin.

The UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) has been internationally recognised as the sole legitimate government of Libya, as endorsed in UN Security Council Resolutions 2259 and 2278.