EUNAVFOR MED, the European Union’s Naval Force – Mediterranean Operation Sophia is a mobilisation to tackle the root causes of the recent human emergency in the Mediterranean – in cooperation with all the countries of origin and transit, and to fight human smugglers and traffickers. It is a military operation, launched in June 2015. EUNAVFOR Med’s mandate is (1) to contribute to disrupt the business model of human smuggling and trafficking networks in the Mediterranean, and (2) to contribute to reducing the further loss of lives at sea.

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