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In a meeting with Rear Admiral Enrico Credendino, commander of EUNAVFOR Med, also known as Operation Sophia, Estonian Foreign Minister Sven Mikser was given an overview of the course and results of the EU naval operation launched in the central Mediterranean in June 2015.
Operation Sophia aims to ease the migration crisis and curtail the activities of human smugglers. Compared to the same period the year before, the numbers of new migrants flowing into Italy from Libya have decreased by close to 4,000.
Today, the Government allocated one million euros to provide help in ending the migratory flows from Libya in Italy. The amount was allocated from the Government reserves and will be directed to the European Union Emergency Trust Fund for Africa (EUTF), and to its North African branch in particular.
In cooperation with Libya, its neighbouring countries, and international organisations, the EUTF provides help to regain control over the EU's external borders, to break the business models of human traffickers, and to avoid the deepening of the humanitarian crisis.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs allocates €100 000 to make humanitarian aid more effective, transparent and to improve its quality.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Estonian Rescue Board assembled an aid shipment of pillows and mattresses to alleviate the refugee situation in Serbia. Trucks with Estonian aid will set out today, on 18 March.
The aid shipment contains 6560 pillows and 740 mattresses worth over 34,000 euros. The Rescue Board will send an Estonian rescue team expert to Serbia who will deliver the aid. The humanitarian mission is financed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs through development cooperation and humanitarian aid funds.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is supporting victims of gender-based and sexual violence through the Trust Fund for Victims set up by the International Criminal Court.