EU extends Libyan civilian mission


The European Union on Thursday extended its civilian mission in Libya by a year and allocated a 17-million-euro ($18.92 million) budget for the task.

Set up in May 2013, the Tunis-based body’s mandate has been extended several times, with the last due to expire on August 21. It aims to provide advice to Libyan authorities on migration, border security, counter terrorism and criminal justice issues.

EU foreign ministers in May agreed to help Libya rebuild its shattered navy and coastguard to tackle migrant smugglers in respond to a request from the new UN-backed unity government in Tripoli.

Libya is a major departure point for mainly sub-Saharan African migrants wanting to reach Europe in flimsy boats arranged by people smugglers. The flow of migrants has increased in the turmoil following the 2011 uprising that toppled Muammar Gaddafi.