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European Union External Action

Libya and the EU

Following the popular uprising in Libya in 2011, the EU made significant efforts to help, including diplomatic support and over €80 million in humanitarian assistance.

The EU Delegation to Libya opened in Tripoli in 2011,  but was temporarily relocated to Tunis following the outbreak of violence in 2014. We are eager to return to Libya as soon as possible and are engaging with the Libyan authorities to that end.

Current activities

The EU remains fully committed to Libya and its transition to a democratic, law-based state. This will bring benefits to both Libya and the EU.

The EU currently provides funding of over €100 million for various vital projects and activities in Libya, including:

  • the political process
  • reconciliation, elections and the constitutional process
  • protection of human rights and women's empowerment
  • economic recovery
  • security and justice
  • border management and security
  • migration
  • public administration reform
  • health 
  • education, vocational training and culture
  • media, youth and civil society.

Future strategy

As Libya's transition progresses, our assistance will shift focus onto longer-term needs. For example, we are already looking at activities to build skills, especially among young people.

In the longer term, we will seek to intensify our relationship politically, through financial and technical cooperation and the different instruments under the European Neighbourhood Policy.

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