EU-Libya Relations

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  • 17/11/2014
    Main results of Foreign Affairs Council, November 2014pdf
  • 10/11/2014
    Statement by High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini on latest attacks in Libya Statement by High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini on latest attacks in Libya <p>The series of explosions that went off in the city of Sahatta, yesterday where UNSRSG Bernardino Leon was meeting key Libyan interlocutors are heinous acts and can only prevent Libya from reaching a peaceful settlement to the conflict.</p> 11/10/2014 11:35:00 11/10/2014 11:35:00 11/10/2014 11:35:00 11/10/2014 11:35:00 2014111011 090126248d2c15c2 N 090126248d2c15c2 /statements-eeas/2014/141110_01_en.htm 10039 xml Y /statements-eeas/2014/141110_01_en.htm 1 /statements-eeas/2014/141110_01_en.htm /statements-eeas/2014/141110_01_zz.htm N ID_INTERNAL N N
    Statement by High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini on latest attacks in Libya
  • 06/11/2014
    Statement by EU High Representative Federica Mogherini on Libya Statement by EU High Representative Federica Mogherini on Libya <p>Libya needs more than ever a strong, steady and common political initiative. The European Union continues to believe that dialogue, in whatever shape or form, remains crucial and that the solution of the crisis requires a political settlement</p> 11/06/2014 21:20:00 11/06/2014 21:20:00 11/06/2014 21:20:00 11/06/2014 21:20:00 2014110621 090126248d2c18ea N 090126248d2c18ea /statements-eeas/2014/141106_02_en.htm 10155 xml Y /statements-eeas/2014/141106_02_en.htm 1 /statements-eeas/2014/141106_02_en.htm /statements-eeas/2014/141106_02_zz.htm N ID_INTERNAL N N
    Statement by EU High Representative Federica Mogherini on Libya

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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.