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Libyan Newswire

Answer – Provision of training, equipment and support to the Libyan coastguard – E-000945/2017

The Libyan Coastguard (LCG) headquarters is located in the naval base in Tripoli. The LCG is part of the Navy with which it shares logistics, personnel and some basic training. Both the LCG and the Navy belong to the Ministry of Defence. Coastguard activities are institutionally carried out also by the Libyan Maritime Police — which depends on the Ministry of the Interior and operates at sea. Those institutions aresupported by the UN-backed Government of National Accord.

In its conclusions of 28 June 2016(1), the European Council reiterated its readiness to support the Government of National Accord, the sole legitimate government in Libya, to restore stability, fight terrorism and tackle migration across the Central Mediterranean. The European Council welcomed the adoption of UNSC Resolution 2292 and the expanded role for Operation Sophia in enforcing the arms embargo on Libya and training the LCG.

In line with the 3 February 2017 Malta Declaration, priority has been given at EU and Member States level to the training, equipment and support to the Libyan Coastguard and the Libyan Maritime Police. On 6 February 2017 the Council concluded that EUNAVFOR MED Operation Sophia would continue to implement its supporting tasks to train the Libyan Coastguard and Navy and to contribute to the implementation of the UN arms embargo.