EUNavFor’s Mediterranean Operation Sophia task force has a new addition – a crime information cell – enabling better co-operation and effectiveness in dealing with crimes in the area of operations.
The cell sees five specialists from EU agencies – Europol, Frontex, the European Border and Coast Guard Agency – as well as the Sophia task force embarked on the current Op Sophia flagship, the Italian Navy vessel San Giusto.
The crime information cell, according to an EU NavFor Med statement, opens a new chapter in operational co-operation between common security and defence policy (CSDP) and justice and home affairs (JHA) stakeholders. “It will strengthen the collective effectiveness and operational impact”.
The cell will improve and enhance exchange of information on criminal activity in the central Mediterranean, providing a platform for the disruption of criminal activity in the designated EU NavFor Med operational area and beyond.
The Crime Information Cell will facilitate collection and transmission of information on human smuggling and trafficking, implementation of the UN arms embargo on Libya, illegal trafficking of oil exports from Libya in accordance with UN Security Council resolutions, as well as criminal activity relevant to the security of the operation itself.