(Brussels) “The decision that Libyan ports are insecure has been taken by the European Court of Human Rights, so it is a purely legal opinion, as to which there is no political decision to be taken”. It was the High Representative of the European Union, Federica Mogherini, who stated that, as she spoke with the press after the Foreign Affairs Council in Brussels. The decision, Mogherini went on, is in the hands of an “independent” court that “bases its decisions on constitutional and legal rights”. In addition, Italy did not raise the question at the Council, which spoke instead of reforming Sophia’s mandate, an operation established in 2015 to stop the trade and smuggling of human beings in the Mediterranean Sea: “It was supposed to start after the summer, but I had asked to carry it out earlier”. “The mandate will have to be totally reformed, and I propose that it should be extended to oil smuggling as well”, pointed out the High Representative of the European Union, Federica Mogherini, who was in Italy recently to visit the HQ of operation Sophia, in which 27 European countries have been involved.