In the Council of EU Foreign Ministers, which met yesterday, a Humanitarian Aid Package to Libya was approved and agreed upon. This happened after Malta’s Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs proposed this as an item on the agenda.
The European Commissioner for Neighbourhood and Enlargement, Olivér Várhelyi explained that this aid is going to consist of funds from existing financial sources which the EU has in place, and which it has already allocated to Libya, to be used in the difficult situation in which it found itself.
These funds will be handed over to international entities which are already based in Libya, and which know, at first hand where and how these funds can be distributed so as to be put to good use.
Várhelyi also mentioned that an additional €35m package will be allocated to the Libyan Coast Guard to better facilitate its marine law enforcement along the Libyan Coast.
Malta’s Foreign Minister Evarist Bartolo said that more needs to be done for the situation in Libya goes back to how it was, and to give a new life to all its residents.
For this reason he said that Malta will continue to work towards a permanent political solution aimed at achieving stability in Libya on all fronts, whilst once again also mentioning the importance of solidarity amongst member states on the migration phenomenon.