25/07/2017 Press release

Operation Sophia is the EU naval operation disrupting the business model of migrant smugglers and human traffickers in the Mediterranean. The Council prolonged and amended its mandate adding monitoring mechanism of trainees, new surveillance activities on illegal trafficking of oil and better information sharing on human trafficking.

The European Council consists of the heads of state or government of the EU's member states, together with its President and the European Commission President. It defines the EU's general political direction and priorities.

The Council of the EU represents the member states' governments. Informally also known as the EU Council, it is where national ministers from each EU country meet to adopt laws and coordinate policies.