EU hands two vessels to reinforce Libyan capacity for search and rescue at sea

The Address | Benghazi – Libya

TRIPOLI – Two vessels of the Libyan General Administration for Costal Security (GACS) returned to Libya from the port of Bizerte im Tunisia, where they had been undergoing substantial repairs funded by the European Union.

According to a statement by the EU, the rehabilitation of the vessels was part of the Integrated Border and Migration Management project in Libya, financed by Italy and the EU under the EU Emergency Trust Fund for Africa (EUTF Africa) and implemented by the Italian Ministry of Interior.

”The vessels will reinforce the Libyan maritime border security capacities and will be used for search and rescue to save lives and tackle human trafficking and organised crime along the Libyan coast,” EU said

“The refitting of these two vessels has been a prime example of the constructive cooperation between the European Union, an EU member state – Italy, and Libya,” said EU Ambassador-designate to Libya, Jose Sabadell, who witnessed the handover of the vessels to the GACS in Bizerte. “We all have a joint interest: stability and security in Libya, and the EU remains committed to support the Libyan people in this effort.”


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