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Answer – VP/HR – Urgent action by the EU High Representative to secure the release of two Italian citizens, Bruno Cacace and Danilo Clonego, who were abducted in Libya – E-007220/2016

Italy’s Ministry of foreign affairs confirmed on 19 September that two Italian citizens were kidnapped in Libya.

The EU does not have a specific competence for these consular cases, which are directly dealt with the relevant MS. Nonetheless, EU’s services have been in contact with the Italian Foreign Ministry and its crisis unit, who was following the situation.

On 5 November 2016, the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed the release of two Italian citizens, Bruno Cacace and Danilo Clonego, who had been kidnapped on 19 September in Libya.

We warmly welcome this positive development. We commend the Italian authorities for the efforts that led to the release of the abducted and the Libyan authorities for their collaboration in ensuring safe return home of Mr Cacace and Mr Clonego.

More generally, the EU has never stopped monitoring security developments in Libya and is well aware of a deterioration of the security situation in some areas of the country.

Security is actually the area where the EU is providing most expertise to the UN mission to Libya, through a cell that is drafting plans for a quick delivery of assistance in the field of security to the new government.

Furthermore, substantial aid (about 100 million euros) has been allocated to Libya to support the authorities in providing essential services to the population, necessary conditions for a long-term return to stability.