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The presentation of the new Global Strategy for the EU's foreign and security policy in June 2016 kick started a process of closer cooperation amongst Member States in the field of security and defence. This subsequently led to the adoption of the so-called "defence package" which consists of various different instruments and measures to cope with today’s threats and security challenges.
The European Union today extended the mandate of the EUNAVFOR MED Operation Sophia until 31 December 2018, and further enhanced its role to combat trafficking. The operation works to disrupt the business model of migrant smugglers and human traffickers in the Southern Central Mediterranean, train the Libyan Coastguard and Navy and contribute to the implementation of the UN arms embargo on the high seas off the coast of Libya.
High Representative Federica Mogherini today chairs an informal meeting of Defence Ministers of the 28 European Union Member States in Malta, where she also welcomed NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and the Head of UN Peacekeeping Operations Jean-Pierre Lacroix for the first part of discussions.