EU extends Operation IRINI till March 2023

The European Union’s (EU) Council extended Friday the mandate of the EU Common Security and Defense Policy (CSDP) military operation in the Mediterranean – EUNAVFOR MED IRINI – until 31 March 2023.

The decision was taken in the wake of the Strategic Review of the operation carried out by the Political and Security Committee, the EU Council said in a statement.

The EU Council has defined more precisely the practical arrangements for the disposal of items seized by the operation when implementing the UN arms embargo on Libya, according to the statement.

“EUNAVFOR MED IRINI” (Greek for ‘peace’) was launched on 31 March 2020, shortly after the Berlin Conference on Libya in January 2020, as a concrete contribution on the part of the European Union to the process set up by the international community to support the return to peace and stability in Libya.


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