EU FAC agreed better co-operation against migrant traffickers.

May 18, 2015 Foreign Affairs Council agreed to launch EU coordinated military operation to destroy boats used by migrant smugglers in the Mediterranean – and against migrant traffickers. This means better co-operation with the countries of origin and transit, especially the countries around Libya and working with UNSC.

The global and European security environment has changed dramatically in recent years. This calls for a stronger Europe, with a stronger and more effective Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP). The conflicts, threats and instability in the EU’s immediate and wider neighbourhood, affecting inter alia Iraq, Libya, the Sahel, Syria and Ukraine, as outlined in the report from the High Representative, “together with long standing and newly emerging security challenges, are significantly impacting European security as well as international peace and security, and challenging our fundamental values and principles”.

On April 28,, the European Commission presented a new European security framework for the next five years (2015-2020) to address the constant and evolving threats to Europe’s domestic security, including the recent terrorist attacks in Brussels, Paris, and Copenhagen. Although national security is primarily a Member State matter, the EU framework adds substantial value to European cooperation, coordination, and information exchange, which is particularly relevant to “borderless” crimes and threats.

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