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Libyan Newswire

Answer – VP/HR – Attacks in international waters by the Libyan Coast Guard on European NGOs rescuing refugees in the Mediterranean – E-006077/2017

The European Union (EU) has a global approach to manage migratory flows, by cooperating with countries of origin, transit and destination of migrants. It is committed to ensuring the protection, humanitarian repatriation and reintegration of vulnerable migrants in Libya.

The EU provides support to the Libyan Coast Guard to reinforce their search and rescue capacity at sea; up to now some 200 Libyan personnel have been trained by EUNAVFOR MED Op Sophia, including on humanitarian law aspects. These efforts are complemented by greater engagement with Libyan interlocutors on capacity delivery through monitoring activities including information collection, remote monitoring and periodic meetings.

The EU does not provide direct financial assistance to the Libyan Coast Guard. The European Commission is financing a EUR 46.3 million project from the EU Trust Fund North Africa window and the Internal Security Fund on ‘Support to Integrated border and migration management in Libya’, which is implemented by the Italian Ministry of Interior.

In addition, the EU funds programmes implemented by United Nations (UN) agencies to improve the conditions of vulnerable migrants, refugees and internally displaced people in detention centres, at disembarkation points and in the host communities. The joint African Union-EU-UN Task Force set up in Abidjan in November 2017 agreed to step up efforts to save and protect the lives of migrants and refugees along the migration routes, in particular inside Libya. As a result, 15,000 additional Assisted Voluntary Returns and 1,300 refugee evacuations in view of resettlement have taken place to date.

As for the attacks against non-governmental organisations rescuing refugees, Italian magistrates have opened a number of investigations against alleged traffickers and those suspected of crimes against migrants and aid workers.