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EUFOR Libya: first decision approved

(BRUSSELS2) The diplomats have decided to speed up the work. Meeting twice in recent days, experts from the “external relations” working group (Relex) have finalized a text for the Council's decision. This text (previously called “Joint Action”), which sets out the mandate of Eufor Libya – the European Union's military operation and aims to ensure humanitarian support in the region, should be approved this Friday (April 1) by written procedure.

The operational headquarters will be firmly located in Rome, as mentioned in the conclusions of the European Summit. Even if the hypothesis of an OHQ in Brussels was considered, this option was not retained, according to our information. The name of the operation commander has also been approved, it is Rear-Admiral Claudio Gaudiosi (read here). He was present yesterday and today in Brussels to validate the latest financial points (notably the Athena mechanism) and prepare the details of the operation. As usual, it is in fact up to the operation commander to prepare the OpPlan, the operation plan. According to several European officials who are closely following the matter, EUFOR Libya for “start quickly” because it is “to go very quickly now".

Card full of Italians

We can notice that the Italians are making a “full box” on multinational operations in Libya, offering both the different headquarters (Air, Sea, Joint) for the NATO “Unified Protector” operation, and the commander from the maritime component, responsible for the arms embargo, Vice-Admiral Rinaldo Veri; as the headquarters for the EU operation “Eufor Libya” as well as its operation commander. Without forgetting that in the diplomatic service, this operation is coordinated by the department “crisis response”, led by an Italian, Agostino Miozzo.

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Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).