Twelve days before the end for Operation Sophia. And still nothing …

Federica Mogherini at the press conference, 18 March 2019 (credit: Council of the EU)

(B2) The future of the naval military operation Sophia, conducted in the Mediterranean by the EU, is becoming more and more dotted

Questioned by an Italian colleague at the end of the meeting of EU foreign ministers, Federica Mogherini, the head of European diplomacy, did not hide that nothing had advanced. “It’s not a mystery. I’ve said it publicly. If there is no agreement, the operation must be closed. I still hope that an agreement can be found, but I do not see any particular movement in this direction. […] If there no further development in a positive direction before the end of March, the operation will end its activities, with all the consequences that tis will entail, unfortunately …

Commentary : It can be said that no discussion really took place on the subject at the European level, especially between the 28 ambassadors of the PSC, the Political and Security Committee, the usual forum for discussion of the common security and defense policy (CCS). “It’s mostly an Italian-Italian question,” says a knowledgeable diplomat.

(Nicolas Gros-Verheyde, with Leonor Hubaut)

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Nicolas Gros-Verheyde

Rédacteur en chef du site B2. Diplômé en droit européen de l'université Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne et auditeur 65e session IHEDN (Institut des hautes études de la défense nationale. Journaliste depuis 1989, fonde B2 - Bruxelles2 en 2008. Correspondant UE/OTAN à Bruxelles pour Sud-Ouest (auparavant Ouest-France et France-Soir).