Government response to Operation Sophia: a failed mission

14 September 2017

The EU External Affairs Sub-Committee has received a response from Sir Alan Duncan MP, Minister for Europe and the Americas, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, to its report, Operation Sophia: a failed mission, which was published on 12 July 2017.


On 22 June 2015, the European Union launched a Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) operation to disrupt the business model of people smuggling in central Mediterranean. On 28 September 2015, the mission was renamed Operation Sophia, after a baby born aboard one of the mission's ships off the coast of Libya. It patrols the high seas off the coast of Libya to Italy, gathering information, rescuing migrants, and destroying boats used by smugglers.

In May 2016, the EU Committee published Operation Sophia, the EU’s naval mission in the Mediterranean: an impossible challenge (HTML). The Committee's inquiry in 2017 was a follow up to this report.

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