Migrants, EU towards new rules for NGOs

According to government sources, the participants in the extraordinary council underway in Brussels agreed on the “need to establish certain rules for subjects, including private individuals, who operate in the Mediterranean”. But Paris insists: “No to relocations if Rome doesn’t take ships”

“To establish, in a framework agreed at EU level, the certain rules for subjects, including private individuals, who operate in the Mediterranean”. This is what was agreed, according to government sources involved in the migrant dossier, by those present at the extraordinary EU Internal Affairs Council currently underway in Brussels. As for the method, the unanimous hope emerged that we could proceed on the various points that emerged with speed and concreteness”.

The discussion between the EU partners, the same sources report, “is developing profitably. There is a substantial commonality of views among the participants. In particular, there is convergence on the need to give answers and implement concrete actions. Those present in expressed their satisfaction with the plan presented by the Commission. They are oriented towards carrying out interventions financed directly by the EU that can prevent departures and strengthen repatriation mechanisms. The point referred to by all is that of the external dimension, with the commitment to strengthen the dialogue with third countries of origin and transit of flows, a perspective that embraces both the migratory aspects and development projects”.

Meanwhile Paris has decided it will not welcome asylum seekers landed in Italy until Rome respects “maritime law” and will refuse to disembark ships loaded with migrants rescued in the Mediterranean. This was stated by the French Interior Minister, Gérald Darmanin, speaking at the end of the extraordinary meeting of Interior ministers in Brussels. “If Italy does not welcome the boats, does not accept the maritime law and the safer port principle, there is no reason why the country that guarantees the relocations is the same one that welcomes the boats or directly welcomes migrants from Africa or from Asia,” he said on arriving in Brussels.

Speaking of the reception mechanism for asylum seekers, 3,500 of whom should have gone to France, Darmanin assured that “our hope is clearly to reactivate it, because it is the only one that makes it possible to divide the difficulties throughout Europe, and force the countries of first arrival, such as Italy, to activate the barriers we need and the registration of all foreigners arriving in the European area. This is currently not the case”, he added.

When asked about the tensions over migrants between Italy and France, the Minister of the Interior, Matteo Piantedosi, nonetheless stated that relations with Paris are “very normal and very good”.