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Foreign Office to give evidence to Lords Committee investigating people smuggling in the Med


On Thursday 17 March the House of Lords EU Committee will take evidence from Richard Lindsay, Head of Security Policy Department, Defence and International Security Directorate, at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

As part of its investigation into the EU's naval mission, Operation Sophia, the Committee will examine issues such as EU-NATO cooperation, whether the mission has a deterrent effect, and the implications of the new EU deal with Turkey on migration routes. 

At 10.45am the Committee will question Richard Lindsay, Head of Security Policy Department, Defence and International Security Directorate, FCO.

Questions to him will cover areas which could include:

  • Is Operation Sophia having a tangible effect as a deterrent?
  • Is a one year mandate enough time?
  • Should commercial vessels be considered as alternatives to military ones?
  • How would the operation cover Libyan territorial waters if the mission were expanded as planned?
  • To what extent could the EU's Operation Sophia and NATO's mission in the Aegean share resources?

The evidence sessions will take start at 10.45am, on Thursday 17 March, in Committee Room 1 of the House of Lords.

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