EU Border Assistance Mission (EUBAM) in Libya
EU Integrated Border Management Assistance Mission in Libya (EUBAM Libya) was deployed under the Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) in May 2013 with the aim of supporting the Libyan authorities in improving and developing the security of the country’s borders. This civilian Mission responds to an invitation by Libya and is part of the EU's comprehensive approach, which supports the Libyan post-conflict reconstruction. EUBAM Libya's mandate is for two years; its headquarters is located in Tripoli. EUBAM Libya does not carry out any executive functions and it is to achieve its objectives mainly through the transfer of know-how, not funds.
At the strategic level EUBAM has helped the Libyan authorities to set up a cross-ministerial body, Border Management Working Group (BMWG), to coordinate the response among naval, police, border guards, customs, and all the other agencies involved. The Mission has also taken the lead, in close cooperation with the BMWG, in coordinating international support in the field of border management.
The content of EUBAM Libya's training, advising and mentoring activities have covered all areas of IBM, such as intra and inter-agency cooperation, risk management methods, optimal use of existing equipment and restructuring of agencies to increase effectiveness. The Mission has trained and provided border management advice in several locations, including Ghadames, Ra's Ajdir, Tripoli and Misrata. Training and advice has been delivered to hundreds of Libyan border management officials on aviation security, customs best practices, vehicle and passport checks, risk analysis, international and inter-agency cooperation and maritime search and rescue, among other topics.
Due to the political and security situation in Libya, EUBAM has been operating from Tunisia since August 2014. Because of the limited possibilities to advise, mentor and train its Libyan counterparts, EUBAM Libya was downsized to 17 international mission members on 14 October. With this limited capacity, the Mission has continued to support the Libyan Customs and Naval Coast Guard through workshops and seminars organised outside Libya.
Video message by High Represenative Federica Mogherini on the occasion of Europe Day