Today (25 January), EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini presented a number of additional measures to strengthen refugee interception work along the Central Mediterranean migration route, including with Libya.
With the high number of lives lost at sea, the question of managing flows and saving lives remains a top priority for the European Union.
The proposed measures rely on the cooperation of EU institutions, member states, partners in North Africa, and international organisations including the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) and the International Organisation for Migration (IOM).
The proposed actions include: Reducing the number of crossings and saving lives at sea, stepping up the fight against smugglers and traffickers, protecting migrants, increasing resettlement and promoting assisted voluntary returns, managing migrant flows through the southern Libyan border, increased cooperation with Egypt, and Tunisia and Algeria and stepping up funding.
The focus remains on Libya, as it remains at the heart of the Central Mediterranean route, with almost 90% of migrants departing from the country.