Saturday, 8/8/2020 | 6:06 UTC+0
Libyan Newswire

Answer – Position regarding EU cooperation with Libya/the Libyan Coastguard – E-004818/2017

1. Potential candidates for training under EUNAVFOR MED Operation Sophia (ENFM) are put forward by the Libyan Coast Guard and Port Security (LCGPS) and thereafter selected following a vetting process carried out by competent EU Member States’ authorities.

2. ENFM’s current provision of training has been designed to be conducted in three different packages(1) ranging from basic seamanship to operational sea training, all focusing heavily on human rights responsibilities. It is further aimed at enhancing Libyan abilities to fight illicit smuggling activities, and to contribute to saving lives at sea within their territorial waters. Only the presence of a capable coast guard will allow addressing those issues in the long term.

The Council amended ENFM’s mandate on 25 July 2017 to set up a monitoring mechanism of trainees to ensure the long-term efficiency of the training of the Libyan coastguards.

3. Responsibility for adjudication and prosecution of any human rights violations by the LCGPS in Libyan territorial waters lies with the competent Libyan authorities. ENFM’s training courses for the LCGPS contain human rights and humanitarian components and involve participation by United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees/International Organisation for Migration.

(1) Package One — at sea training in Op Sophia units, Package 2 shore training in EU Member States, Package 3 at sea consolidation training in Libyan coast guard vessels.