EUNAVFOR MED Operation Sophia: mandate extended until 30 September 2019

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Publication Date 29/03/2019
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The Council of the European Union decided on 29 March 2019 to extend the mandate of EUNAVFOR MED Operation Sophia until 30 September 2019.

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However, the Operation Commander was instructed to suspend temporarily the deployment of naval assets for the duration of this extension. Member States vowed to find a solution on disembarkation as part of the follow-up to conclusions adopted by the European Council.

EUNAVFOR MED Operation Sophia was launched on 22 June 2015. The operation's core mandate is to contribute to the European Union's work to disrupt the business model of migrant smugglers and human traffickers in the Southern Central Mediterranean.

Source Link https://www.consilium.europa.eu/en/press/press-releases/2019/03/29/eunavfor-med-operation-sophia-mandate-extended-until-30-september-2019/
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Commentary and Analysis
Politico, 12/03/2019: Salvini’s Sophia soapbox https://www.politico.eu/article/italy-matteo-salvini-sophia-soapbox/
LSE: EUROPP Institute: Blog, 12/03/2019: Beyond Operation Sophia: What role for the military in migration policy? https://blogs.lse.ac.uk/europpblog/2019/03/12/beyond-operation-sophia-what-role-for-the-military-in-migration-policy/
Amnesty International: News, 27/03/2019: EU: Diminished 'Operation Sophia' abandons refugees and migrants to reckless Libyan Coast Guard https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2019/03/eu-diminished-operation-sophia-abandons-refugees-and-migrants-to-reckless-libyan-coast-guard/

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Deutsche Welle, 23/01/2019: Germany pulls out of Mediterranean migrant mission Sophia https://p.dw.com/p/3C02T
The Local (Italy), 29/01/2019: 'Up to Italy' to decide whether to end EU anti-trafficking operation in the Med https://www.thelocal.it/20190123/italy-operation-sophia-eu-anti-trafficking-migrants-mediterranean-libya
Reuters, 07/03/2019: Germany wants to keep EU naval mission, heads for standoff with Italy https://www.reuters.com/article/idUSKCN1QO274
Politico, 26/03/2019: EU diplomats tentatively agree to extend Operation Sophia https://www.politico.eu/article/europe-migration-refugees-diplomats-agree-to-extend-operation-sophia/
Reuters, 26/03/2019: EU weighs up awkward migration compromise on Mediterranean mission https://uk.reuters.com/article/idUKKCN1R717E
Politico, 27/03/2019: EU extends Mediterranean migrant mission, without ships https://www.politico.eu/article/eu-extends-mediterranean-migrant-mission-without-ships/
EurActiv, 27/03/2019: EU to end ship patrols in scaled down Operation Sophia https://www.euractiv.com/section/justice-home-affairs/news/eu-to-end-ship-patrols-in-scaled-down-operation-sophia/
Euronews, 27/03/2019: Operation Sophia: EU to scale back Mediterranean rescue mission https://www.euronews.com/2019/03/27/operation-sophia-eu-to-scale-back-mediterranean-rescue-mission
The Local (Italy), 27/03/2019: EU suspends migrant rescue patrols in Med after opposition from Italy https://www.thelocal.it/20190327/eu-suspends-operation-sophia-migrant-rescue-patrols-mediterranean-italy
France24, 28/03/2019: EU countries recall ships from migrant rescue mission in Mediterranean https://www.france24.com/en/video/20190328-eu-countries-recall-ships-migrant-rescue-mission-mediterranean
EurActiv, 28/03/2019: Rights groups lambast Operation Sophia – the EU naval mission without ships https://www.euractiv.com/section/justice-home-affairs/news/rights-groups-lambast-operation-sophia-the-eu-naval-mission-without-ships/
ANSAmed, 29/03/2019: EU approves Operation Sophia extension, recalls ships http://www.ansamed.info/ansamed/en/news/sections/politics/2019/03/29/eu-approves-operation-sophia-extension-recalls-ships_edcb3b28-e444-4e2d-a34b-41ee6283253f.html

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