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Greece assumes area command of Operation Irini in the Mediterranean

(B2) Two changes to expect from the side of the EU operation to control the arms embargo imposed on Libya

Michail Magkos (credit: EUNAVFOR Med Irini)

The EU naval air force deployed off Libya will come under Greek command in a few days. Greek Commodore Michail Magkos is due to succeed Rear Admiral Stefano Frumento (in post since March 31) as Force Commander in the Central Mediterranean from October 1. Magkos knows the operation well, having been deputy to the operation commander (chief of staff) since March 31. His bio.

The strategic command of the EUNAVFOR Med Irini operation remains assured by an Italian, from the headquarters in Rome. He too has just changed: Vice-Admiral Stefano Turchetto is also due to succeed his compatriot, Rear-Admiral Fabio Agostini on October 1, who has held the reins of the operation since its creation in the spring of 2020. His portrait is at read here.

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).