EU-Libya Relations

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.


News and Press ReleasesRSS

  • 25/03/2015
    Adoption of the 2014 European Neighbourhood Reports
  • 25/03/2015
    Statement of the High Representative and Vice President Federica Mogherini on the meeting of representatives from Libyan municipalities in Brussels Statement of the High Representative and Vice President Federica Mogherini on the meeting of representatives from Libyan municipalities in Brussels 03/25/2015 09:50:30 03/25/2015 09:50:30 03/25/2015 09:50:30 03/01/2017 09:50:30 2015032509 090126248edc7d62 N 090126248edc7d62 /statements-eeas/2015/150325_01_en.htm 4520 xml Y /statements-eeas/2015/150325_01_en.htm 2 /statements-eeas/2015/150325_01_en.htm /statements-eeas/2015/150325_01_fr.htm /statements-eeas/2015/150325_01_zz.htm N ID_INTERNAL N N
    Statement of the High Representative and Vice President Federica Mogherini on the meeting of representatives from Libyan municipalities in Brussels
  • 23/03/2015
    Opening remarks by High Representative and Vice President Federica Mogherini at the Libyan Municipalities Dialogue Meeting, Brussels Opening remarks by High Representative and Vice President Federica Mogherini at the Libyan Municipalities Dialogue Meeting, Brussels <p>Thank you very much for being here in Brussels today. It is an honour for me to welcome you all in Brussels. Let me start with a sad note. I know that Hicham Youssef just lost his father. I would like to present him our deep condolences, and thank him for staying with us in these very sad circumstances. Thank you very much.</p> 03/23/2015 18:23:17 03/23/2015 18:23:17 03/23/2015 18:23:17 03/11/2016 18:23:17 2015032318 090126248ed7b020 N 090126248ed7b020 /statements-eeas/2015/150323_03_en.htm 11895 xml Y /statements-eeas/2015/150323_03_en.htm 1 /statements-eeas/2015/150323_03_en.htm /statements-eeas/2015/150323_03_zz.htm N ID_INTERNAL N N
    Opening remarks by High Representative and Vice President Federica Mogherini at the Libyan Municipalities Dialogue Meeting, Brussels
  • 23/03/2015
    Remarks by High Representative and Vice President Federica Mogherini ahead of the Libyan Municipalities Dialogue Meeting in Brussels Remarks by High Representative and Vice President Federica Mogherini ahead of the Libyan Municipalities Dialogue Meeting in Brussels <p>We have this morning an important meeting in Brussels, thanks to the excellent work of the UN SG envoy to Libya, Bernardino Leon in cooperation with us. The EU and the UN are working on a daily basis together on the Libyan issue and Bernardino Leon has just come from Morocco to continue political dialogue today with the mayors.</p> 03/23/2015 17:12:19 03/23/2015 17:12:19 03/23/2015 17:12:19 03/11/2016 17:12:19 2015032317 090126248ed7b610 N 090126248ed7b610 /statements-eeas/2015/150323_02_en.htm 7541 xml Y /statements-eeas/2015/150323_02_en.htm 1 /statements-eeas/2015/150323_02_en.htm /statements-eeas/2015/150323_02_zz.htm N ID_INTERNAL N N
    Remarks by High Representative and Vice President Federica Mogherini ahead of the Libyan Municipalities Dialogue Meeting in Brussels
  • 21/03/2015
    EU to host meeting of Libyan mayors and local representatives EU to host meeting of Libyan mayors and local representatives <p>On 23 and 24 March, the EU will host a meeting of 34 Libyan mayors and local leaders as part of the UN-led Libyan Political Dialogue. The meeting will be held under the auspices of the SRSG Bernadino Leon.</p> 03/21/2015 16:45:21 03/21/2015 16:45:21 03/21/2015 16:45:21 03/09/2016 16:45:21 2015032116 090126248ed0a330 N 090126248ed0a330 /statements-eeas/2015/150321_01_en.htm 5726 xml Y /statements-eeas/2015/150321_01_en.htm 2 /statements-eeas/2015/150321_01_en.htm /statements-eeas/2015/150321_01_fr.htm /statements-eeas/2015/150321_01_zz.htm N ID_INTERNAL N N
    EU to host meeting of Libyan mayors and local representatives

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Libyan Municipalities Dialogue in Brussels: opening remarks by Federica MOGHERINI

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Unstable situation in Libya and its consequences - Closing statement by Federica MOGHERINI at the EP

LIVE EP Plenary session Unstable situation in Libya and its consequences - statement by EC Vice-President / EU High Representative

Unstable situation in Libya and its consequences - Opening statement by Federica MOGHERINI at the EP

LIVE EP Plenary session Unstable situation in Libya and its consequences - statement by EC Vice-President / EU High Representative

Towards a new European Neighbourhood Policy: the EU launches a consultation on the future of its relations with neighbouring countries

High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the Commission Federica Mogherini and Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations Johannes Hahn are launching today a consultation on the future of the European Neighbourhood Policy(ENP)