The EU has developed a comprehensive approach to strengthen its engagement and action with Libya and its southern neighbours to help them better manage the flow of irregular migrants transiting towards and through Libya. The work of the EU Border management Mission (EUBAM) will support Libyan authorities in countering irregular migration, smuggling and trafficking of migrants.
The National Team for Security and Border Management (NTSBM) is the official Libyan national point of contact on strategic border management issues and the Libyan partner in the Border Management Working Group (BMWG), a format at the operational level between EUBAM and Libyan institutional stakeholders. EUBAM has been working with the NTSBM on a policy paper on integrated border management and has supported Libyan authorities in defining and prioritising their border management training priorities.
Participants in the ‘EU-Libya Committee on Integrated Land Border Management’ comprise EUBAM and European Union Naval Force Mediterranean (EUNAVFOR Med) Operation Sophia from the EU, representatives from Libyan Ministries (Justice, Foreign Affairs, Finance, Interior, and Transport), the Libyan Coast Guard, the General Administration for Coastal Security (Coastal Police) and the Libyan Intelligence Services.
In April 2017, a EUR 90 million programme was approved under the EU Emergency Trust Fund for Africa(1) to support improved capacities for migration management, focusing on enhancing protection and assistance measures for those in need and on supporting socioeconomic development programmes for the local communities in Libya, that are most affected by migratory routes, including in the South. A project to reinforce border management is being prepared jointly with Italy.