The EU is planning to deploy a civilian CSDP mission to support the Libyan authorities in enhancing border security. European experts will advise, mentor and train their Libyan counterparts to develop a "Strategic Integrated Border Management Concept" and to strengthen Libya’s capacities for securing its land, sea and air borders.
The EU’s first preparatory elements for the mission arrived on 16 March and held a series of constructive discussions with a wide range of Libyan interlocutors including Foreign Minister Abdelaziz and officials from ministries of Justice, Defence, Interior and Local Governance. They also met with the General National Congress, Libyan civil society representatives and colleagues from the international community. Key senior experts of the team have remained in Libya since to continue working with their Libyan partners.
The mission will contribute to the regional efforts made by Libya and its neighbours aiming at bringing stability to an increasingly volatile region. Enhanced regional coordination is therefore deemed essential in order to maximise the positive impact of the mission.
The EU support will focus on border surveillance and management, civilian airport and harbour security as well as coastguard training. In addition, the mission will advise key ministries on the development of a Libyan owned model for Integrated Border Management. Human rights will be given a specific focus and some equipment will be provided alongside training. Close coordination with other international and bilateral partners active in this field will be essential for success.