On Monday, the European Union’s Ambassador to Libya, Nicola Orlando reiterated the EU’s “unwavering dedication to supporting transparent, free, and fair national and municipal elections in the country.”
In press statements, Orlando highlighted the EU’s ongoing endorsement of the initiatives led by Abdoulaye Bathily, the UN Envoy, guiding the process to fruition.
Orlando also expressed appreciation for Emad Al-Sayeh, the Chairman of the High National Election Commission (HNEC). He applauded Al-Sayeh’s “pivotal role in enhancing electoral culture, boosting civil consciousness, encouraging active participation, and effectively countering media misrepresentation.”
In addition, the EU diplomat underscored the “critical need to integrate women, the youth, persons with disabilities, and marginalized segments of society into the electoral dynamics at national and municipal levels.”
The European Union’s stance on this matter reflects its broader mission to champion democracy, and fortify civic foundations in regions like Libya.
Earlier this month, Orlando held talks with the Prime Minister of the Government of National Unity (GNU) Abdel-Hamid Dbaiba. They deliberated over the concerted efforts between the EU and Libya, technical support on combatting illegal migration, and cooperation in the field of renewable energies. This dialogue aligns with previous agreements established with the EU’s Foreign Relations Officer, Josep Borrell.
A pivotal part of the discussion centered around not only managing migration, but also propelling collaborative initiatives in renewable energy sectors. The EU, recognizing the mutual benefits, continues to prioritize its collaboration with Libya in these areas.
Moving forward, the EU accentuates its support for Libya, as the nation embarks on conducting elections. Orlando reiterated the EU’s commitment to assisting Libya in stabilising, heading towards elections, and solidifying its democratic processes. These impending elections signify a monumental step towards establishing a more secure, and democratically stable Libya.
The EU’s assurance also extends to enhancing security and economic cooperation. This bilateral alliance aims at nurturing a fortified economic and security framework, emphasizing the paramount importance of a stable and economically thriving Libya, not only for the country itself but also for the bloc.