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Libyan Newswire

Answer – VP/HR – New imperialist intervention planned in Libya – E-004413/2016

In April 2015, Operation Sophia was launched to disrupt the business model of smugglers in the Southern Central Mediterranean. This CSDP operation is part of the EU’s comprehensive approach to addressing irregular migration in the Mediterranean. Additional measures taken by the EU include the extension of the Frontex joint operations Triton and Poseidon in the Central Mediterranean Sea and in the Aegean Sea. Frontex, EASO and Europol are also working on the ground in Italy and Greece, through the hotspot mechanisms, to swiftly identify, register and fingerprint arriving migrants and to assist in investigating and dismantling migrant smuggling networks.

NATO, at the request of Germany, Greece and Turkey and in close cooperation with Frontex, has launched its complementary activity in the Aegean Sea that would complement international efforts through reconnaissance, monitoring and surveillance of illegal crossings. NATO is currently discussing the potential transformation of Operation Active Endeavour in a maritime security operation.

The access to national airspace of States, as well as the conduct of international exercises, is a prerogative of the States concerned.

The above listed comprehensive and coordinated activities are taking place in full compliance with international law, including the United Nations Conventions on the Law of the Sea.