EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte have agreed that the EU and Italy will work together on EU migration reforms.
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte published a joint statement on Tuesday, October 20, following a video conference. They said that they had "agreed that Europe needs a predictable, fair and resilient migration management system, with the right balance between responsibility sharing and solidarity, and fully protecting European values and fundamental rights including the right to asylum."
According to the statement, the two leaders are "committed to work together... on the basis of the Commission's proposals for the New Pact on Migration and Asylum."
European approach to sea rescues
Both Von der Leyen and Conte "emphasized the need to agree a sustainable European approach to search and rescue at sea," the statement read.
During their meeting, Von der Leyen and Conte reportedly also "stressed the importance of engaging with partner countries, particularly in Africa, in addressing mobility and all aspects of migration."
Refugee and migrant distribution
Meanwhile, Premier Conte also said on October 20 in Rome that the European Council needed "to define a European mechanism that works" to handle migration to the block. The system should be "fair also in terms of solidarity, not just of responsibility," the Italian prime minister said.
He called for a "balanced system of redistributions and repatriations," and said that he agreed on the issue with his Spanish counterpart Pedro Sanchez after meeting with him in Rome.