European Parliament president David Sassoli | Photo: ARCHIVE/EPA/PATRICK SEEGER
European Parliament president David Sassoli | Photo: ARCHIVE/EPA/PATRICK SEEGER

European Parliament president David Sassoli has said that international conventions dictate that ports cannot be closed and that people at sea must be rescued. He called on the EU to show greater solidarity towards migrants.

European Parliament president David Sassoli has said that EU countries are obliged to comply with international conventions that say ports cannot be closed and people in distress at sea must be rescued. 


He stressed that EU countries should all show greater solidarity. 

'To be a political legislature' 

The EU parliament president also underscored that the legislature ahead will be a "political" one, since nationalist challenges defeated in the most recent EU elections have endowed the EU's lawmaking body with a great deal of responsibility. 

Sassoli said that the institution that he presides over should become a reference point for EU citizens, that it must be transparent and that it is a "place of dialogue" where parties can find "convergences." 

Juncker says Dublin reform top priority 

Last week, European Commission president Jean Claude Juncker responded to a letter Sassoli had written on August 8, in which he had asked for European Commission intervention for the Open Arms migrant rescue ship. 

Juncker said that the cases of the Open Arms and Ocean Viking ships, as well as the Eleonore and Mare Ionio ones, continue to show an urgent need for predictable and sustainable solutions for the Mediterranean. 

He said that this will be the case until the Dublin Rule and the EU asylum system are reformed, and that this must be the shared priority. 


 

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