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Training of the Libyan Coast Guard continues. The second level begins

(B2) The European operation in the Mediterranean (EUNAVFOR Med / Sophia) began the second phase of training, Monday (January 30), of the Libyan coast guard.

21 senior officers in training

Concretely, 21 Libyan coast guards and sailors will go to Crete, to the training center provided by Greece, to receive teaching around a few specialized modules: maritime legal aspects, human rights and awareness of issues of gender, as well as search and rescue operations. Only senior officers of the rank of captain (ship captain) or commodore (flotilla captain).

This is the continuation of the training followed in the Mediterranean on board Italian and Dutch ships (read: End of the first phase of training of the Libyan Coast Guard). She will be " delivered throughout 2017 in various locations in the Mediterranean region we tell EUNAVFOR.

The start of this second training course was somewhat delayed and made difficult by funding difficulties at European level. It was ultimately the European Commission which put its hand in its pocket; the financial system of the CBSD (strengthening of security capacities) is not yet put in place (read: The EU wants to strengthen resources in Libya and increase aid to the Libyan Coast Guard). This will then ensure the continuity of this training throughout the year.

(Nicolas Gros-Verheyde)

On the balance sheet

At the operation HQ in Rome, we are taking advantage of this start to take stock of the operation over the last 18 months:

  • 101 traffickers and suspected traffickers, “ apprehended and transferred to the Italian authorities » (NB: it is the Italian authorities who are responsible for investigating the cases and judging possible traffickers);
  • 380 boats “removed from the availability of criminal organizations” (i.e. destroyed);
  • 32.081 migrants rescued, including 1888 children;
  • 360 "events" carried out as part of the EU's contribution to the UN arms embargo (NB: by the term events, we do not mean interception. The simple verification or identification of a vessel - remotely if necessary — is an “event”).


For an evaluation of the Operation, read:

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).