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Libyan Newswire

Answer – Incident with the Libyan Coast Guard – E-007276/2017

The European Union (EU) has a global approach to better manage migratory flows, by cooperating with countries of origin, transit and destination of migrants.

In Libya, the EU provides support to the Coast Guard to reinforce their search and rescue capacity at sea; up to now some 200 Libyan personnel have been trained. The training provided includes a specific module on human rights. In addition, as a result of a more active Libyan engagement and through the efforts of the joint African Union-EU-UN Task Force set up in Abidjan in November 2017, an increased number of migrants and refugees are being saved and protected along the migratory routes, including in Libya.

Assets deployed in the framework of the Operation have conducted search and rescue operations in accordance with their obligations under international law. All rescued migrants and apprehended individuals have been disembarked to Italy and the operation has maintained in this regard a close cooperation with the Italian Coastguard, as the coordinating authority, through the Italian Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre and the Italian National Coordination Centre.

Operation Sophia aims at countering human trafficking and smuggling by taking action against the criminal networks and disrupting the smuggler business model. So far, it has contributed to the apprehension of dozens of suspected smugglers and traffickers, and has neutralised more than 440 assets. While operating on the high seas off the coast of Libya, it has also rescued more than 36 000 lives.