Massimiliano Fedriga, governor of Friuli Venezia-Giulia | Photo: ANSA/ALESSANDRO DI MEO
Massimiliano Fedriga, governor of Friuli Venezia-Giulia | Photo: ANSA/ALESSANDRO DI MEO

The governor of the Italian region of Friuli Venezia Giulia, which borders with Slovenia, has said that the "European Union needs to help single member States control borders." Massimiliano Fedriga made the remarks on December 10, addressing a plenary session of the European Committee of the Regions.

The governor of the Friuli Venezia Giulia region in northeastern Italy, Massimiliano Fedriga, on December 10 addressed the 141th plenary session of the European Committee of the Regions via videoconference saying that the "European Union needs to help single member States control borders, as provided for by the Schengen Agreement."

The session was on the "New pact on migration and asylum."

"Schengen does not only provide for the free circulation inside the Union but also for member States to patrol borders," stressed Fedriga.

"No western democratic state allows irregular entry. This is however, unfortunately, what happened in Europe over the past few years, where there is still no distinction between those who have the right to protection and those who don't have this right," said the governor.

EU pledge for repatriations

Speaking about repatriations, the governor stressed that "many countries, despite precise agreements on repatriations, don't accept their citizens. The EU could have an important role on this, for example sanctioning States that don't respect these pacts."

Fedriga then discussed a particular issue: "We have forgotten an important right for these people -- that of not migrating. This means that they should all be given the possibility of remaining in their land of origin where they can find satisfaction, development and a future."

The governor asked for "bilateral accords" to "block departures and to favor the immediate repatriation of those who illegally crossed into Italy."

'The EU has favored illegal migration in the last few years'

According to the governor, "the European Union over the past few years has favored illegal immigration, financing also those NGOs that, acting against international legislation, continue to import irregular (migrants) who remain in our territories."

"The EU is forgetting those who don't have either the economic or the physical strength to migrate. By importing low-cost manpower and promoting unacceptable wage dumping, we are forgetting the most marginalized, weak and poor."

 

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