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EUBAM Libya supports OSCE in Ukraine


The EU has responded to OSCE's urgent request regarding support to the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine (SMMU) in the form of armoured vehicles and medical kits.

Workshop in Brussels with representatives of Libya Customs


On 3 and 4 November 2014, the European Union Integrated Border Management Assistance Mission (EUBAM) in Libya conducted a workshop in Brussels with representatives of Libya Customs. The aim of the workshop was to plan the way ahead for the agreed multi-year Libya Customs Business Strategy.

Colonel Ibrahim Abo Sheba, Head of Customs in Misrata seaport with EUBAM LIBYA Gino Warnier

EUBAM Libya attends Drug Abuse Day Seminar at Libyan Customs and is being thanked


EUBAM LIBYA attended a seminar last 23 June 2014 at the Libyan Customs in the beautiful Kasser al Hana venue. High-profile personalities took to the floor, amongst them the Head of the GNC and armed forces Nuri Abusahmin, the Minister of Finance Dr Kilani and the Head of Customs Mustafa al Turjman.

Study visit to Italy - Tarvisio 15-20 June 2014


The core mandate of EUBAM Libya includes support to the Libyan authorities in establishing an Integrated Border Management system in Libya. 

Misrata free zone

Misrata visit


EUBAM LIBYA went to Misrata on the 17 till 19 of June 2014.

EUBAM – Ra’s Ajdir meeting


Ra’s Ajdir BCP is an interesting case study for EUBAM LIBYA: the local authorities in charge of the Border Control are very aware of the need to develop the standard of their BCP considering the challenges they need to face.

EUBAM Naval Coast Guard training


This February the EU Border Assistance Mission to Libya - EUBAM Libya - has conducted a training with the Libyan Naval Coast guard on Search and Rescue (SAR) Mission Coordination. “Today’s exercise is about a search for a stranded fishing vessel. We do know that the first search was not successful. We will then need to engage in a subsequent search”, says EUBAM Senior Naval Coast Guard Expert Emmanuel Mallia introducing the problem for the class to solve, add that two aircraft are searching the drifting boat.

EU Border Assistance Mission supports Libyan Customs


On February 19th, EUBAM Libya attended a graduation ceremony for over 1,000 customs recruits at the Customs Training Centre in Tripoli. Mustafa Turjman, Director General of Libyan Customs, thanked EUBAM for its support in achieving better cooperation with the sister agencies of Border Police, Border Guards and Coast Guards.

EU Border Mission praises Libyan Naval Coastguard for once more saving the lives of migrants


EUBAM Libya, the EU's border assistance mission to Libya, has commended the actions of Libya's Naval Coast Guard for once more rescuing migrants at sea. On December 9th two boats filled with a total of 175 migrants were stranded off the Libyan coast. According to a Naval Coast Guard statement, one of the boats was carrying 90 migrants 22 miles north-east of Tripoli and another 85 persons off the coast of Garabulli town.

Libya’s naval coastguard demonstrated rescue skills


Libya’s naval coastguard demonstrated rescue skills taught by the EU’s Border Assistance Mission to Libya in stormy seas outside Tripoli harbour. A twelve meter rigid hull inflatable boat(RHIB)carried out high speed man-overboard drills and practiced Mayday distress alerts taught by EUBAM instructors, plucking a diver from the sea in ten foot waves.

EU Ambassadors visited the border area of Ghadames


On November 3-5 the Head of the EU Delegation to Libya, Natalya Apostolova, the Head of the EU Border Assistance Mission (EUBAM Libya) Antti Hartikainen, the Ambassadors of The Netherlands and Malta, and the Charge affairs of Portugal, visited the border area of Ghadames. The EU Ambassadors held discussions over meetings and round tables with the local Authorities, Security officers, Airport Authorities, representatives of civil society and women organizations. While in Ghadames the EU Delegation visited the Hospital and the Higher Institute of Comprehensive vocation. The field trip was organized by EUBAM Libya and the Local Council of Ghadames, City locate in an area known as the “Triangle”, the land where Libya, Tunisia and Algeria meet.

EUBAM LIBYA visiting Sebha Airport


On October 8th EUBAM Libya visited the International Airport of Sebha, cradle of Fezzan culture.

Hopes for the future: new terminal being built at Ghadames airport

Securing the future of Ghadames


EUBAM Libya is deployed in the country at the invitation of the Libyan government, providing advice, training and mentoring. As Italian Border Guard advisor Giuseppe Colasanto said: “We are here to advise and train, but the job will be yours.”

Airports to beef up security


Security at the country’s airports is to be beefed up, with Libyan officials meeting EU specialists yesterday to discuss finding ways for different departments to cooperate. In the first training session run by the EU Integrated Border Assistance Mission in Libya (EUBAM Libya), officials attended from the country’s four biggest airports – Tripoli, Misrata, Sebha and Benghazi.

Border Security is a common goal - Newest EU Mission


“Welcome to our seminar. Please introduce yourselves and tell me what your favourite sport is”. When EUBAM Border Policing Advisor Andrew Lyttle asked the question on July 7th his audience, made up of officials of Libyan border agencies, seemed hesitant at first to reveal details of this kind of recreational affiliation.  

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Europe Day - High Representative Federica Mogherini video message

Video message by High Represenative Federica Mogherini on the occasion of Europe Day

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