EU Relations with Libya

The EU in Libya

EU policy aims at assisting the Government of National Accord in its efforts to establish itself as the sole legitimate and internationally recognized authority throughout the country so that it can rebuild a democratic, stable and prosperous State. This involves promoting democratic transition, reinforcing law and order, fighting terrorism and bringing security to the whole country. The ultimate goal is for Libya to approve an inclusive Constitution and establish strong, transparent and accountable institutions in a country with an alert civil society and a vibrant private sector.

EU engagement with Libya has developed along different axes:

  • Diplomacy

The EU is constantly engaging with the Libyan authorities: at a bilateral level, with several visits and meeting to discuss EU assistance to the GNA; in international meetings, to discuss international support to Libya; and through support to the UN mission in Libya (UNSMIL). In the medium and longer term, negotiations for a comprehensive bilateral Association Agreement will hopefully resume.

  • 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 European Neighbourhood Instrument (ENI) and ENI’s regional programmes, in addition to thematic assistance programmes. The EU’s total assistance package for Libya stands at more than €100 million. It focuses on public administration, security, democratic transition, civil society, health, vocational training and education. This is in addition to disbursements for humanitarian assistance. Due to the current security situation in Libya some of these programmes have been put on hold. However, the EU hopes to resume them as soon as conditions allow.

  • CSDP mission

The EU is ready to resume mission EUBAM Libya - established in 2013 and temporarily put on hold in 2015 – with an enlarged mandate encompassing assistance in various fields related to the rule of law in addition to its original mandate (enhancing the security of land, sea and air borders).

The staff from the EU Delegation in Tripoli, temporarily evacuated to Tunis, will return to Tripoli as soon as security conditions allow it.

 


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