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Answer – VP/HR – EU, AU and UN Working Group on Libya – E-007847/2017

In the framework of the trilateral task force on Libya, the European Union (EU) works together with the UN (International Organisation for Migration (IOM) and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)) as well as with the African Union (AU) at political, senior officials’, ambassadorial and expert level.

The task force has engaged with the Libyan authorities on specific issues such as facilitating assisted voluntary returns (AVRs), the registration of migrants, ensuring that the IOM and UNHCR can access those in the detention centres in view of their evacuation while aiming at putting an end to the current detention system in Libya.

The EU has supported the African Union in its outreach to African countries of origin with a view to enhancing their consular support for the AVRs. To discuss these issues, the EU organised a visit to Tripoli of the trilateral UN-AU-EU task force on Libya on 22 February 2018, which included senior officials from the European External Action Service (EEAS) and Commission services, as well as a visit of the EEAS Deputy Secretary General to AU headquarters in Addis Ababa on 5-6 March 2018.

Through programmes funded under the EU Emergency Trust Fund for Africa(1), the EU has already been engaged both with the IOM and the UNHCR, including providing substantial support to the AVRs of migrants carried out by the IOM from Libya to their countries of origin. In addition, the EU funds reintegration assistance for returning migrants(2).

The Roadmap on the Comprehensive Migration Package, included in the Commission’s contribution to the Leaders’ Agenda of 7 December 2017(3), set the goal to support an additional 15 000 assisted voluntary returns through IOM and 1 000 resettlements from Libya through the UNHCR Emergency Transit Mechanism by February 2018.

The joint commitments made by the AU EU UN Task Force were met within the indicated deadline. This support has been made possible thanks to a tight collaboration between the EU, the African Union and the United Nations. Through a EUR 115 million cross-window project from the EU Trust Fund adopted at the end of February 2018, the EU will provide further support for evacuation of people in need of international protection, the reintegration of returning migrants and assistance to migrants in the Sahel region and Lake Chad Basin.

(2) Reintegration assistance to migrants returning from Libya is being provided under all three windows of the EU Trust Fund for Africa, depending on the country of origin/return.