EUNAVFOR Med Operation Sophia signs agreement to train Libyan Coast Guard and Navy

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Publication Date 23/08/2016
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Agreement signed between EUNAVFOR MED 'Operation Sophia' and Libyan authorities for the training of the Libyan Coast Guard and Navy, as part of the Operation's mandate.

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The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the training of the Libyan Coast Guard and Navy, between EUNAVFOR Med Operation Sophia and the Libyan Coast Guard, was signed on 23 August 2016.

The Operation agreed to conduct a training programme of Libyan Coast Guards and Navy, in coordination with other agencies of the European Union (EU) and international actors, in three consecutive phases - on the high sea on board of EUNAVFOR Med Operation Sophia units; ashore in a Member State or Libya; and on Libyan Coastguard and patrol boats.

Following a thorough and effective vetting process, the first package of the training activities started in the last week of October 2016, and were delivered over three months. The High Representative for Foreign and Security Policy attended the graduation ceremony of the trainees from the Libyan Coast Guard and Navy who finished the first training package on 8 February 2017.

The training of the Libyan Coast Guard and Navy was added to the mandate of the Operation Sophia by the Council of the European Union in June 2016.

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EUObserver, 24/08/2016: EU signs deal to train Libya coastguard

EU EEAS: Press Release, 27/10/2016: EUNAVFOR MED Operation Sophia starts training of Libyan Navy Coast Guard and Libyan Navy
EU EEAS: Press Release, 07/02/2017: EUNAVFOR Med Operation Sophia: HRVP Mogherini attends graduation ceremony of first training package of Libyan Navy Coastguard and Libyan Navy

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