Source: Council of the European Union |

EUNAVFOR MED Operation Sophia: mandate extended by one year, two new tasks added

BRUSSELS, Belgium, June 20, 2016/APO (African Press Organization)/ --

On 20 June 2016, the Council extended until 27 July 2017 the mandate of the EUNAFOR MED Operation Sophia, the EU naval operation to disrupt the business model of human smugglers and traffickers in the Southern Central Mediterranean. The Council also reinforced the operation's mandate by adding two supporting tasks: training of the Libyan coastguards and navy and contributing to the implementation of the UN arms embargo on the high seas off the coast of Libya.

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Council of the European Union.