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Project News: EUBAM Libya and ICMPD sign Memorandum of Understanding

22 October 2018

A strategic Partnership Memorandum of Understanding between the European Union Border Assistance Mission in Libya (EUBAM) and the International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD) was signed to promote a long-term partnership in support of migration governance and integrated border management actions in Libya.

EUBAM Libya, established pursuant to Council Decision 2013/233/CSFP of 22 May 2013 as amended, was officially invited by the Libyan authorities to develop a comprehensive national Integrated Border Management strategy. This will also serve as the basis for future projects to be implemented in the broader context of integrated border management in Libya and in responsea Concept Note towards a White Paper was composed. 

It is envisaged that EUBAM’s current planning mandate referring to capacity building in the area of border management will be reformed and turned into an operational and more project orientated engagement. This will require a closer coordination of EU funds under the general coordination of EUBAM.

ICMPD is to promote innovative, comprehensive and sustainable migration policies and will function as a service exchange mechanism for governments and organisations under the international agreement on the Establishment and Functioning of the ICMPD (Vienna, 1 June 1993). ICMPD is already running projects in Libya, inter alia “Strategic and institutional management of migration in Libya”.

Both signatories expressed their intention to assist each-other in order to achieve their mutual goals, and to closely cooperate in projects including but not limited to assisting in the drafting of and providing technical expertise in the coordination of the White Paper.

The signed MoU will serve as a solid framework for mutual cooperation and information sharing in order to avoid duplication of efforts, to enhance efficiency and to safeguard EU Budgetary spending.

More information about EUBAM can be found here.