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On 20 July 2017, the EU External Affairs Sub-Committee considered the Council Decision to extend the mandate of the EU's military operation in the Southern Central Mediterranean, EUNAVFOR MED Operation Sophia.
On 14 September 2017, the EU External Affairs Sub-Committee considered the extension of the mandate of the European Union Integrated Border Assistance Mission in Libya (EUBAM Libya), and the Council Decision and Regulation to amend the EU's existing restrictive measures in view of the situation in Libya, to restrict the sale, supply, transfer or export of goods which may be used to facilitate people smuggling and human trafficking.
The Committee decided to retain these items under scrutiny and wrote to the Rt Hon Sir Alan Duncan MP, Minister for Europe and the Americas.
In its letter, the Committee noted that it had examined the Mission in its report, Operation Sophia: a failed mission (HTML), but expressed its disappointment that the Council Decision was received too late to allow for appropriate scrutiny, and that no explanation was given as to why there had been a delay.
The Minister has now responded to the Committee's letter of 20 July 2017, which was considered on 14 September 2017. The Committee decided to continue to hold the item under scrutiny and wrote to the Minister requesting clarification on funding provided by the EU to train the Libyan coastguard.
The Committee agreed to clear this item from scrutiny on 12 October 2017.
In its letter, the Committee expressed disappointment that it did not receive information about the mandate renewal before it was agreed, and that the Explanatory Memorandum did not provide the Committee with all the information it considered necessary.
The Committee agreed to clear this item from scrutiny on 20 July 2017.
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