The European Council (the “Council”) today introduced restrictions on the export and supply to Libya of inflatable boats (dinghies) and outboard motors to further disrupt the activity of people smugglers and human traffickers. The restrictions, adopted on 17 July 2017, will allow EU member states to legally prevent the export or supply of these goods to Libya where there are reasonable grounds to believe that they will be used in such activity. The restrictions will also apply to dinghies and motors which are transiting through the EU to Libya, but will not prohibit the export or sales of these goods when they are intended for legitimate uses by the civilian population. The Council’s conclusions on Libya can be read in full here. The relevant Decision and amending Regulation were published in the Official Journal of the European Union on 18 July 2017.

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