Migrants: Italian proposal for ‘multilevel EU strategy’

'Six premisees and ten objectives' in the document on the management of migrant-fluxes”
Migrants: Italian proposal for ‘multilevel EU strategy’
25 June 09:12 2018 Print This Article

Italy brings to Brussels the proposal to overcome the Dublin regulation but the sixteen pre-summit closes without an agreement, with the leaders committed more to avoid the clash than to seek a synthesis. To Angela Merkel, at the exit of the meeting, only the space is left to speak of “good will”. “The responsibility lies with everyone: no country must take its own weight”, warned the German chancellor, a great promoter of the summit, convened by the President of the EU Commission Jean Claude Juncker on his pressure. In reality, positions have not changed and Europe remains split. Emmanuel Macron, after the poisonous controversy with Italy in recent days, has come back to underline with polemical tone as France “has no lessons to be taken from anyone” because “this year was the second country for accepted asylum applications “. The head of the Élysée urged Europe to “not betray its founding values, because when it did it gave the worst”. And then he launched his lunge against those in the EU “tries to exploit the situation to create a political tension and play with fears”. The head of the Elysée has acknowledged the Italian proposal to be “coherent” with the ongoing discussions but then has relaunched its recipe – opposed – of “closed centers” for the migrants managed and financed by Europe on the soil of the Union in the countries of first landing: that is Italy. This, in the name of respect for international law, but precisely the antithesis of the initiative brought to the table by the Italian premier Giuseppe Conte with the ‘Multi-level European Strategy’. The Italian plan envisages strengthening external borders and agreements between the EU and third countries, as well as creating international protection centers in transit states. But above all to overcome the regulation of Dublin, with a blow to the rule of responsibility of the country of first entry, establishing rather than “who lands in Italy” arrives in the EU. No one, however, comments on the most controversial concept, that of immediately distributing migrants between European countries, surpassing the Dublin regulation.  “It went better than expected, I hope this meeting will help us to understand each other better for next week”, said the Maltese leader Joseph Muscat, a country with which Italy has a tug-of-war.

 

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