Bulgaria to Participate in EU Operation on Tackling Human Traffickers in Mediterranean

Bulgaria in EU | July 29, 2015, Wednesday // 14:00|  views

The Bulgarian government approved on Wednesday the participation of one serviceman in the EU Naval Force Mediterranean (EUNAVFOR MED) operation.

This decision actively committed Bulgaria to the EU efforts on addressing the influx of migrants coming to Europe from North Africa, the government's press service informs.

The Bulgarian participation in the operation also confirmed the commitment of the country to the Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP).

Furthermore, the contribution will be favourable for Bulgaria gaining experience in such operations and raising the level of operational compatibility with its allies.

Following the increased number of incidents of migrants drowning as they attempt to cross the Mediterranean Sea, the EU decided to mobilise all efforts to prevent further loss of life at sea.

The EU set out to tackle the root causes of the human emergency in the Mediterranean in cooperation with the countries of origin and transit and fight human smugglers and traffickers.

As a result, the launching of a military CSDP operation to disrupt the business model of smuggling and trafficking networks in the Southern Central Mediterranean, was approved.

The aim of EUNAVFOR MED is to identify, capture and dispose of vessels as well as enabling assets used or suspected of being used by migrant smugglers or traffickers.

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Tags: Bulgaria, EU, CSDP, EUNAVFOR MED, Mediterranean Sea, North Africa, smuggling, trafficking, migrants


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