EU to restrict exports of inflatable boats to Libya to curb smuggling of migrants

EU foreign ministers on 17 July agreed to impose restrictions on the export and supply of inflatable boats and outboard motors to Libya in an effort to stop smuggling.

The restrictions will also apply to boats and motors which are passing through the EU on their way to Libya, but the export or sales of these goods to fishermen will not be restricted.

In the first six months of 2017, some 85,000 people who departed from Northern Africa arrived on Italys shores, figures by EU border agency Frontex show.

Ministers also agreed to extend the EU Border Assistance Mission in Libya until the end of 2018, and stressed the importance of the EUs Operation Sophia, which aims to disrupt smugglers and traffickers in the Mediterranean as well as training the Libyan coastguard and navy.

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