European Commission says Libyan coast guard ‘infiltrated by criminals’

Jul 6, 2023 | International actors

On 6 July, European Commissioner for Home Affairs Ylva Johansson stated that there was a clear indication that the Libyan coast guard was infiltrated by criminal groups. In her statement to the European Parliament, which comes two weeks after the EU delivered new patrol boats to the Libyan coast guard, Johansson said ‘some of the neighboring and transit countries are more difficult than others, like Libya, where we also have clear indication of criminal groups infiltrating the coastguards’.