New Head of Mission appointed for EUBAM Libya

Natalina Cea was appointed Head of Mission of the EU Border Assistance Mission (EUBAM) in Libya. She will take up her duties on 1 February 2021 succeeding Vincenzo Tagliaferri, who has been Head of Mission since 1 September 2016.

Cea is an Italian civil servant who has worked at a senior level for more than 20 years, both in Italy  as Director of the International Cooperation and Technical Assistance Office of the Italian Customs Administration  and internationally, leading missions, programs and projects in the civilian security sector, particularly in the field of border management and related security and justice issues.  She has led the EC Mission CAM -Albania and more recently, in the framework of the EU Common Security and Defence Policy, she was at the head of EUBAM Rafah in Palestine and the Regional Coordination Cell (RCC) in the Sahel. These experiences further developed her leadership capabilities in international contexts, particularly in those affected by security crises. She has a thorough understanding of CSDP and its procedures, including planning and evaluation systems and reporting to PSC and CivCom, further enhanced by her most recent secondment to CPCC in Brussels. 

EUBAM Libya, a civilian Mission under the Common Security and Defence Policy, was launched on 22 May 2013. EUBAM was established to support the capacity of Libyan authorities to enhance the security of their land, sea and air borders in the short term and to develop a broader Integrated Border Management (IBM) strategy in the long term. EUBAM is complementary to the UN-Mission (UNSMIL), established in 2011 at the request of the Libyan authorities to support the country’s new transitional authorities in their post-conflict efforts.

It is tasked with contributing to the Libyan authorities’ efforts to disrupt organised criminal networks involved in smuggling of migrants, human trafficking and terrorism.

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