EU-Libya Relations

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  • 20/02/2015
    Statement of the High Representative/ Vice-President Federica Mogherini on the terrorist attack in Guba, Libya Statement of the High Representative/ Vice-President Federica Mogherini on the terrorist attack in Guba, Libya 02/20/2015 18:00:54 02/20/2015 18:00:54 02/20/2015 18:00:54 02/08/2016 18:00:54 2015022018 090126248e753684 N 090126248e753684 /statements-eeas/2015/150220_05_en.htm 4673 xml Y /statements-eeas/2015/150220_05_en.htm 2 /statements-eeas/2015/150220_05_en.htm /statements-eeas/2015/150220_05_fr.htm /statements-eeas/2015/150220_05_zz.htm N ID_INTERNAL N N
    Statement of the High Representative/ Vice-President Federica Mogherini on the terrorist attack in Guba, Libya
  • 20/02/2015
    Statement by High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini following the meeting in Washington with US Secretary of State John Kerry , UN Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon, and the Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry Statement by High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini following the meeting in Washington with US Secretary of State John Kerry , UN Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon, and the Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry <p>The European Union, the United Nations, the United States and Egypt - the country most directly affected by the terrorist violence and fighting in the area- met yesterday to discuss the situation in Libya in the margins of the Counter Violence Extremism Summit upon impulsion of the EU.</p> 02/20/2015 10:59:43 02/20/2015 10:59:43 02/20/2015 10:59:43 02/08/2016 10:59:43 2015022010 090126248e735336 N 090126248e735336 /statements-eeas/2015/150220_01_en.htm 10534 xml Y /statements-eeas/2015/150220_01_en.htm 2 /statements-eeas/2015/150220_01_en.htm /statements-eeas/2015/150220_01_fr.htm /statements-eeas/2015/150220_01_zz.htm N ID_INTERNAL N N
    Statement by High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini following the meeting in Washington with US Secretary of State John Kerry , UN Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon, and the Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry
  • 18/02/2015
    Remarks of the HR/VP Federica Mogherini at the informal Defence Ministers meeting in Riga Remarks of the HR/VP Federica Mogherini at the informal Defence Ministers meeting in Riga <p>I am happy to be here to chair the Defence Minister's meeting today. I will stay only for a while because afterwards I will be flying to Washington for a meeting on extremist violence and counter-terrorism, where I will have also the chance of speaking with Secretary of State Kerry and some of our Arab partners on the situation in Libya, in particular.</p> 02/18/2015 16:17:14 02/18/2015 16:17:14 02/18/2015 16:17:14 02/06/2016 16:17:14 2015021816 090126248e6b99e2 N 090126248e6b99e2 /statements-eeas/2015/150218_03_en.htm 11407 xml Y /statements-eeas/2015/150218_03_en.htm 1 /statements-eeas/2015/150218_03_en.htm /statements-eeas/2015/150218_03_zz.htm N ID_INTERNAL N N
    Remarks of the HR/VP Federica Mogherini at the informal Defence Ministers meeting in Riga

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EU activity in Libya since the fall of the Gaddafi regime

EU policy aims at assisting Libya in its efforts to establish a democratic, stable and prosperous State. This involves promoting democratic transition, based on an inclusive constitution, the emergence of strong, transparent and accountable institutions, an alert civil society and a vibrant private sector.

EU engagement with Libya has developed along four main axes:

  • Diplomacy

The EU has engaged with Libyan authorities: at a bilateral level (including appointment of EU Special Envoy for Libya); in international meetings (Paris, London, Rome, Madrid) to discuss government policy and international support to Libya; and through support to UN mission in Libya (UNSMIL).

  • Exploratory talks in view of re-launching negotiations for a comprehensive bilateral Association Agreement
  • Cooperation

In the absence of an Association Agreement with the EU, Libya remains outside most of the structures of the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP). However, it is eligible for funding under the new European Neighbourhood Instrument (ENI) and the ENI’s regional programmes, in addition to thematic assistance programmes – for example, on human rights or migration.

The EU’s total programme in Libya now stands at €108 million. It focuses on public administration, security, democratic transition, civil society, health, vocational training and education. This is in addition to the €80.5mdisbursed for humanitarian assistance during the 2011 revolution. More information on EU assistance to Libya can be found here.

  • The CSDP mission EUBAM Libya was established in May 2013 to support the Libyan authorities in improving and developing their capacity to enhance the security of their land, sea and air borders in the short term, and to develop a broader Integrated Border Management (IBM) strategy in the long term.

A deterioration in the security situation in Tripoli since July 2014 has led to the temporary relocation of staff from EUDEL and EUBAM to Tunis and Brussels, until security conditions allow their return.

The EU is actively supporting UNSMIL’s efforts to achieve an immediate ceasefire and resume the political process.