The European Union Naval Force Mediterranean Operation Sophia has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Libyan Coast Guard and Navy covering training.
The agreement was signed in Rome on 23 August. The European Union said the Operation will conduct training in coordination with other EU agencies and international actors, in three consecutive phases – on the high sea on board of EU Navfor Med Operation Sophia units; ashore in an EU member state or Libya; and on Libyan Coast Guard patrol boats.
The training programme will help improve the security of Libyan territorial waters, enhance the capacity of the Libyan Coast Guard and Navy to perform law enforcement actions to tackle human traffickers and smugglers and contribute to prevent further loss of life at sea, the EU said.
The Memorandum of Understanding was signed by Operation Commander Rear Admiral Enrico Credendino on behalf of EU Navfor Med and Commodore Abdalh Toumia, Commander of the Libyan Coastguard and Port Security.
EU Navfor Med Operation Sophia has been active in International waters since June 2015. Its core mandate is to disrupt the business model of human traffickers and smugglers in the Central Mediterranean.