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Parliamentary questions
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10 September 2018
Answer given by Mr Avramopoulos on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: E-002163/2018

Through the EU Emergency Trust Fund for Africa (EUTF), the Commission adopted in July 2017, the programme ‘Support to Integrated border and migration management in Libya’.

The programme aims to assess the Libyan Coast Guard's (LCG) capacity to carry out Search and Rescue (SAR), notify Libya's SAR area to the International Maritime Organisation (IMO).

The overall amount of the programme is EUR 46.30 million and includes a contribution of over EUR 42.23 million from the EUTF(1), a co-financing of EUR 2.23 million from Italy and a parallel financing from the EU Internal Security Fund of EUR 1.84 million. This last part of the funding aims to support a feasibility study to assess the Libyan capacity in the area of Search and Rescue (SAR).

The Libyan Port and Maritime Transport Authority notified a SAR Region to the IMO on 14 December 2017 in accordance with and as contracting party of the Hamburg Convention 1979(2) on SAR. The Libyan authorities recently started to provide the information inserted in the Global Integrated Shipping Information System of the IMO as standard practice in the framework of the Global SAR Plan.

The LCG, recognised by the United Nations (UN) Sanctions Committee, is acting as SAR responsible and legitimate authority accountable to the Government of National Accord. Since the start of the programme, an increased activity at sea and a rising capability of the LCG has been observed with 5,109 persons rescued or intercepted as of 26 April 2018.


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