During the recent visit to Tripoli, on November 16, the Operation Commander of Operation EUNAFORMED IRINI, Admiral Fabio AGOSTINI and the Chief of Staff Acting Head of EU Border Assistance Mission in Libya (EUBAM), Peter–Bastian HALBERG, signed an important Administrative Arrangement between the two organizations. Ambassador José SABADELL, Head of the Delegation of the European Union to Libya (EUDEL), attended the significant event.
The agreement concerns the supply of logistical and organizational assistance and other services in support of Operation EUNAVFORMED IRINI.
EUBAM support will be particularly valuable in view of the future training of the Libyan Navy and Coast guard.
Operation IRINI (named after the Greek word for “peace”) was planned in a very short timeframe and launched on 31 March, following a decision by the Council of the European Union. The main task is the implementation of the arms embargo in Libya under the relevant UN Security Council Resolutions. The Operation also has the secondary tasks of monitoring illegal oil trafficking from Libya, contributing to the disruption of the human smuggling business model and contributing to the training of Libyan Coast Guard and Navy.
EUBAM Libya supports the Libyan authorities in developing border management and security at the country’s land, sea and air borders. As a civilian crisis management mission with a capacity-building mandate, EUBAM assists Libyan authorities at strategic and operational level. The work is carried out through advising, training and mentoring Libyan counterparts in strengthening the border services in accordance with international standards and best practices, and by advising the Libyan authorities on the development of a national Integrated Border Management (IBM) strategy.
EUDEL Libya opened in Tripoli in 2011 but was temporarily relocated to Tunis following the outbreak of violence in 2014. The European Union maintains a network of over 140 delegations worldwide. These delegations are diplomatic missions representing the European Union in third countries and act as chair of the EU presidency. They are responsible for coordinating with the diplomatic missions of Member States and ensuring coherent external representation of the EU with third countries and multilateral organisations. European Union delegations promote EU interests and values around the world, and are in the frontline implementing EU external policy and action, from common foreign and security policy through trade and development co-operation to scientific and technical relations and humanitarian assistance.The Head of Delegation (Ambassador) is accredited as the representative of the European Union.