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Natalina Cea has been appointed Head of Mission to the EU Border Assistance Mission (EUBAM) in Libya. She will take up her duties on 1 February 2021 succeeding Vincenzo Tagliaferri, who has held the post since September 2016. Natalina Cea is an Italian civil servant who has worked at a senior level for more than 20 years. Her previous posts include working as Director of the International Cooperation and Technical Assistance Office of the Italian Customs Administration and leading missions, programmes and projects in the civilian security sector. Specifically, these have been in the field of border management and related security and justice issues.

EUBAM Libya is a civilian mission under the Common Security and Defence Policy, launched on 22 May 2013. It is tasked with contributing to the Libyan authorities’ efforts to disrupt organised criminal networks involved in the smuggling of migrants, human trafficking and terrorism. The mission coordinates and implements projects with international partners in the fields of border management, law enforcement and criminal justice.

Jack Richardson