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Malta Summit: focus on Libya

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In the morning, the 28 EU heads of state of government will address the external dimension of migration. They are expected to focus their discussions on the Central Mediterranean route and Libya. (Photo: illustration, Libyan migrant camp)

With the spring approaching, leader are expected to agree on a number of immediate and concrete measures to stem migratory flows, break the business model of smugglers and save lives. In particular, leaders will discuss the need to step up cooperation with the Libyan authorities.

“The situation there is different and even more complex that in the east, and we have to be innovative while drawing on the principles that have guided our action over the past months”, said President Tusk in the invitation letter. “We will at the end of our discussion adopt an ambitious declaration setting out the way ahead in a clear and concrete way.”

The EU leaders should confirm its support for the Government of National Accord and plan its assistance to Libyan regional and local communities as well as international organisations active in the country.  The priorities will include: training, equipping and supporting the Libyan national coast guard; increased efforts to disrupt the smuggling business by involving Libya and relevant international partners; improving the socio-economic situation of local communities in Libya.

 

With the spring approaching, leader are expected to agree on a number of immediate and concrete measures to stem migratory flows, break the business model of smugglers and save lives.

In particular, leaders will discuss the need to step up cooperation with the Libyan authorities.

Leaders should also emphasise the need to help reducing the pressure on Libya’s land border by enhancing Libya’s border management capacity and by working with neighbouring countries.

 

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