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Libyan Newswire

Answer – VP/HR – Clandestine immigration: deployment of the Italian navy and support for the Libyan Government in Tobruk – E-004448/2015

The EU-Africa summit on migration recently took place in La Valletta (11 and 12 November 2015) where the Constitutive agreement of the European Union Emergency Trust Fund for stability and addressing root causes of irregular migration and displaced persons in Africa (EUTF Africa) was adopted. This EU Trust Fund will tackle, inter alia, the root causes of irregular migration in the Sahel, the Horn of Africa and North Africa, including Libya, and will seek to promote effective management of migration throughout these regions.

As a result, and as part of the European Union’s Comprehensive Approach, on 22 June 2015, the EU launched a European Union military operation in the Southern Central Mediterranean (Eunavfor MED), with the aim of undertaking systematic efforts to identify, capture and dispose of vessels and assets used or suspected of being used by migrant smugglers or traffickers.

Since the Eunavfor MED operation Sophia launch until the end of November 2015, 43 people have been reported to the Italian Authorities as suspect smugglers and 46 boats have been removed from illegal organisations’ availability while the EU Task Force contributed to save more than 5 700 people.

On 17 December 2015, the European Union welcomed the signature of the Libya Political Agreement, and pledged support once the Government of National Accord is established. A Libyan government is essential to face up to the challenges the country is facing, including on migration issues.