Spanish Interior Minister Fernando Grande-Marlaska (C) poses together with his counterparts from Cyprus Nikos Nouris (L), Greek Immigration and Asylum Policies Minister Notis Mitarachi (2L), Italian Interior Minister Luciana Lamorgese (2R) and Malta's Interior Minister Byron Camilleri at the beginning of EU MED5 group's meeting in Malaga, southern Spain, September 25, 2021 | Photo:EPA/DANIEL PEREZ
Spanish Interior Minister Fernando Grande-Marlaska (C) poses together with his counterparts from Cyprus Nikos Nouris (L), Greek Immigration and Asylum Policies Minister Notis Mitarachi (2L), Italian Interior Minister Luciana Lamorgese (2R) and Malta's Interior Minister Byron Camilleri at the beginning of EU MED5 group's meeting in Malaga, southern Spain, September 25, 2021 | Photo:EPA/DANIEL PEREZ

Italian Interior Minister Luciana Lamorgese has said that some proposals in the European Union's New Pact on Migration and Asylum are "unacceptable" for Italy and other Mediterranean countries.

Some of the proposals included in the European Union's New Pact on Migration and Asylum are "unacceptable" not only for Italy but also for other Mediterranean countries, Italian Interior Minister Luciana Lamorgese said on Saturday (September 25).

For this reason, finding a "balance" between the principles of "responsibility and solidarity" is key, Lamorgese said in her final speech in Malaga, where she attended the 'Med5' conference, a meeting with Spain, Greece, Malta and Cyprus.

She highlighted that this is another "tassel consolidating the front of Mediterranean countries in the European Union," which are "united and ready, also ahead of the next European semester, to bring forward in the best way possible the ongoing negotiation in Brussels."

'Work and time necessary'

The Italian minister said that immigration is "not a cyclical but a structural phenomenon that must be confronted with adequate tools and mechanisms." Therefore, "more time and more work will be necessary to define mechanisms aimed at not dropping the burden of flows only on member states that have to control the EU's external border."

Italy, she stressed, "has never hidden the fact that in the Pact's proposal there are points that are unacceptable for our country and for Med5. However, Italy has always maintained a position of dialogue and a constructive stance at a political level and during technical meetings to guarantee that a key point of balance is reached between responsibility and solidarity without which the EU policy to manage migration flows will not be able to have a future."

Dialogue with third countries

Italy and other Mediterranean countries then stressed at the gathering that dialogue with third countries "remains one of the main tools to deal with the phenomenon of migration at its root", added Lamorgese, highlighting the need for "European plans of a strategic partnership with third countries to be increasingly inspired by principles of concreteness, operability and to be able to count on adequate and ambitious financial resources." In this context, EU-managed repatriations will be fundamental.

"After the meeting today (Saturday) I can say that Italy is not alone anymore on these positions -- we have found a common road to bring to Europe," concluded the minister.

 

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