The Mission responds to an invitation by Libya and is part of the EU's comprehensive approach to support the transition to a democratic, stable and prosperous Libya.

Since September 2019, the Mission has been based in Tripoli but maintains a sub-office in Tunis.

On 26 June 2023, the Council extended the Mission’s mandate for a further two years until 30 June 2025. The financial reference amount intended to cover the expenditure of EUBAM Libya from 1 October 2023 until 30 June 2025 shall be decided by the Council.

Mandate and Mission activities

EUBAM Libya contributes to enhancing the capacity of the relevant Libyan authorities and agencies to manage Libya’s borders, fight cross-border crime, including human trafficking and migrant smuggling, and counter terrorism.

The Mission provides technical advice, capacity building activities at the operational and technical levels and carries out projects, complemented as appropriate and on a case-by-case basis by specialised training and workshops. It is focused on human rights and gender mainstreaming.

In addition, support is provided for the refurbishment of training facilities.

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EUBAM Libya factsheet

The European Union Integrated Border Management Assistance Mission in Libya (EUBAM Libya) is a non-executive civilian Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) Mission. It helps Libyan authorities manage borders and fight cross-border crime like human trafficking, migrant smuggling and terrorism.

To learn more detailed information about the mandate, personnel, funding and more, follow the link to download the EUBAM Libya factsheet (PDF).

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    Jan Vyčítal

Head of mission

Prior to his appointment as Head of Mission of EUBAM Libya, effective 1st January 2024, Mr. Jan Vyčítal served as Ambassador of the Czech Republic to Tunisia, with accreditation for Libya. He also served as Czech Ambassador to Iraq. During the course of his civil service, Mr. Vyčítal was in charge of the Department of Visa Policy at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic where he developed a new visa policy which was implemented at consular offices worldwide. Between 2004 and 2008, he was posted as Head of Justice and Home Affairs at the Permanent Representation of the Czech Republic to the EU in Brussels, a part of the overall coordination of the unit he was responsible for areas of borders, migration and police cooperation.

After graduating from the Police Academy in Prague in 1998, Mr. Vyčítal joined Czech Police/National Central Bureau of Interpol. In 2001 he was assigned to a core team working on preparation of the Czech Police to join Schengen area and set up of the National SIRENE Office[i] in Prague. In 2003 he completed his master's degree at the Police Academy in Slovakia. Mr. Vyčítal has regularly attended international conferences on the MENA region.