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Successful negotiations between Libya and EU

Middle East Politics | 6 December 2008

Successful Negotiations between Libya and EU

According to Mr. Hugues Mingarelli, the officer in charge of the European Commission’s external relations, negotiations between the European Union and Libya in regards to an economic partnership agreement have “got off to a good start,” and suggests that Libyan authorities should continue in this direction in order to maintain “this pace of progress in the negotiations.” The recent negotiations have been “aimed at establishing a legal framework between the two parties,” in order to create a free trade area between Libya and the EU, and the proposed agreement might not be the same as those signed with other countries, regionally similar to Libya. Mr. Mingarelli also said that if negotiations succeed, the EU would be willing to assist Libya with its illegal emigration problem.

David Crowley

 source: MEP