Brussels, November 24 (EFE).- EU interior ministers are meeting this Friday in an emergency council to try to give new impetus to negotiations on a migration pact in response to the influx of illegal migrants. EU by all routes.
The ministerial meeting, which will be attended by Spanish Minister Fernando Grande-Marlasca, follows a recent row between France and Italy over Rome’s refusal to allow the arrival of the NGO Ocean Viking ship.
The aim is to “analyze the possibilities of moving forward with unanimity and unity”, given that “the situation on various migration routes is becoming more difficult”, European sources indicate.
The Central Mediterranean route alone saw 90,000 arrivals in the Union this year, an increase of 50% compared to the previous year, while the increase in arrivals on the Western Balkans route was 170%.
At the ministerial meeting, the situation of “all migration routes” will be discussed, but in particular the situation of the Central Mediterranean will be discussed, the same sources explained.
The Commission will present an action plan for this route to ministers this week, which includes measures to increase cooperation with third countries and international organizations to prevent the departure of illegal migrants and improve readmission.
The second pillar of the plan is a more coordinated approach to search and rescue operations at sea, and the third is to strengthen the use of the European Voluntary Solidarity Mechanism to help countries that receive the largest flows.
Although member states have made more than 8,000 offers to relocate migrants to their territories through the mechanism agreed last June, only a little over a hundred transfers have taken place so far.
The meeting will seek to “facilitate debate among member states on developments that require attention,” but no decisions or commitments are expected this Friday, the same sources said.
This is a preparatory meeting, the purpose of which is the formal meeting that the Ministers of the Interior will hold on December 8.
Diplomatic sources indicate that, in addition to helping to “conquer” the fight between France and Italy, the worst of which is now over, Friday’s meeting will serve to “draw attention to migration from the south”.
Rome’s refusal to host the Vikings of the Ocean caused a diplomatic crisis, and Paris announced the suspension of the promised 3,500 movements.
Then a European initiative was requested from Paris to improve the control of external borders and solidarity.
Source: El Diario