EU-Libya Relations

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  • 19/01/2015
    Press release following the meeting between the High Representative and Vice President Federica Mogherini and the Secretary General of the League of Arab States (LAS), Dr. Nabil El Araby Press release following the meeting between the High Representative and Vice President Federica Mogherini and the Secretary General of the League of Arab States (LAS), Dr. Nabil El Araby <p>The High Representative and Vice President Federica Mogherini met today with the Secretary General of the League of Arab States (LAS), Dr. Nabil El Araby, in Brussels.</p> 01/19/2015 17:48:23 01/19/2015 17:48:23 01/19/2015 17:48:23 01/07/2016 17:48:23 2015011917 090126248e1618b6 N 090126248e1618b6 /statements-eeas/2015/150119_03_en.htm 11268 xml Y /statements-eeas/2015/150119_03_en.htm 2 /statements-eeas/2015/150119_03_en.htm /statements-eeas/2015/150119_03_fr.htm /statements-eeas/2015/150119_03_zz.htm N ID_INTERNAL N N
    Press release following the meeting between the High Representative and Vice President Federica Mogherini and the Secretary General of the League of Arab States (LAS), Dr. Nabil El Araby
  • 19/01/2015
    Remarks by High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini upon arrival at Foreign Affairs Council Remarks by High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini upon arrival at Foreign Affairs Council <p>Today the Council will have many different heavy issues on the table. We'll start with a discussion on how to counter terrorism not only in Europe but also in other parts of the world such as in the Mediterranean region and Africa.</p> 01/19/2015 10:58:11 01/19/2015 10:58:11 01/19/2015 10:58:11 01/07/2016 10:58:11 2015011910 090126248e149bb0 N 090126248e149bb0 /statements-eeas/2015/150119_02_en.htm 12765 xml Y /statements-eeas/2015/150119_02_en.htm 1 /statements-eeas/2015/150119_02_en.htm /statements-eeas/2015/150119_02_zz.htm N ID_INTERNAL N N
    Remarks by High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini upon arrival at Foreign Affairs Council
  • 17/01/2015
    Statement of the High Representative and Vice President Federica Mogherini on the UN led Libyan political dialogue talks in Geneva Statement of the High Representative and Vice President Federica Mogherini on the UN led Libyan political dialogue talks in Geneva <p>Some steps in the right direction have been taken during this week's round of talks hosted by the UN in Geneva. This initial progress is a start and should be welcomed even if there's still a long way to go.</p> 01/17/2015 09:16:51 01/17/2015 09:16:51 01/17/2015 09:16:51 01/05/2016 09:16:51 2015011709 090126248e0e5091 N 090126248e0e5091 /statements-eeas/2015/150117_01_en.htm 10074 xml Y /statements-eeas/2015/150117_01_en.htm 2 /statements-eeas/2015/150117_01_en.htm /statements-eeas/2015/150117_01_fr.htm /statements-eeas/2015/150117_01_zz.htm N ID_INTERNAL N N
    Statement of the High Representative and Vice President Federica Mogherini on the UN led Libyan political dialogue talks in Geneva

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EU activity in Libya since the fall of the Gaddafi regime

EU policy aims at assisting Libya in its efforts to establish a democratic, stable and prosperous State. This involves promoting democratic transition, based on an inclusive constitution, the emergence of strong, transparent and accountable institutions, an alert civil society and a vibrant private sector.

EU engagement with Libya has developed along four main axes:

  • Diplomacy

The EU has engaged with Libyan authorities: at a bilateral level (including appointment of EU Special Envoy for Libya); in international meetings (Paris, London, Rome, Madrid) to discuss government policy and international support to Libya; and through support to UN mission in Libya (UNSMIL).

  • Exploratory talks in view of re-launching negotiations for a comprehensive bilateral Association Agreement
  • Cooperation

In the absence of an Association Agreement with the EU, Libya remains outside most of the structures of the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP). However, it is eligible for funding under the new European Neighbourhood Instrument (ENI) and the ENI’s regional programmes, in addition to thematic assistance programmes – for example, on human rights or migration.

The EU’s total programme in Libya now stands at €108 million. It focuses on public administration, security, democratic transition, civil society, health, vocational training and education. This is in addition to the €80.5mdisbursed for humanitarian assistance during the 2011 revolution. More information on EU assistance to Libya can be found here.

  • The CSDP mission EUBAM Libya was established in May 2013 to support the Libyan authorities in improving and developing their capacity to enhance the security of their land, sea and air borders in the short term, and to develop a broader Integrated Border Management (IBM) strategy in the long term.

A deterioration in the security situation in Tripoli since July 2014 has led to the temporary relocation of staff from EUDEL and EUBAM to Tunis and Brussels, until security conditions allow their return.

The EU is actively supporting UNSMIL’s efforts to achieve an immediate ceasefire and resume the political process.