The European Council has decided to deploy a civilian EU integrated border management assistance mission in Libya (EUBAM Libya) with a view to support capacity building for enhancing the security of its land, sea and air borders. The mission will gradually launch its activities in Libya in June.
As the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the Commission, Catherine Ashton, stated: “EUBAM Libya is an important mission for Libya and the entire region, but also for the security of EU borders. The mission responds to a direct request from our Libyan partners and I’m pleased to say that it can now be deployed in June.”
More specific, EUBAM is to support Libyan authorities in enhancing border security in the short term. In addition, European experts will also assist the Libyans in developing a sustainable integrated border management strategy in the longer term, including the necessary structures, after agreeing on the priorities.
EUBAM Libya will progressively address the different land, sea and air weaknesses of border management. It will also promote the necessary coordination required for decision making and effective operational conduct. Its responsibilities will also involve management of migration flows, human rights and the wider rule of law reform.
EUBAM is part of the overall EU strategy aiming at supporting the Libyan transition since the EU wants to establish long-term and mutually beneficial relations with the neighbouring country. The civilian mission, which is part of the EU’s Common Security and Defence Policy, will initially last two years and has a budget of €30.3 million for the first 12 months. Antti Hartikainen will be appointed as Head of Mission that will deploy up to 110 staff.