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Meloni's alarm on migrants: "We need more EU on the southern front"


Speech by the premier at the Med-Mediterranean Dialogues conference. A new flow decree is being studied. Tajani: 'We would like workers who have already been trained' (ANSA)

Return management must be "Europeanised".

This approach "is indispensable" and "we need more Europe on the southern front"

, because "alone we cannot manage a flow that is now unmanageable".

Giorgia Meloni

relaunches her government's requests to Brussels, and she does so from a stage, that of the Med Dialogues, crucial for her plan to make Italy a Mediterranean hub: a strategy in which the issue of migrants is intertwined with that of the development of neighboring countries, but also with the energy emergency. 


The center-right executive, on the internal front, is studying

a new flow decree

, which is announced with quotas not far from that of 69,700 admissions set in the last one, a year ago.

With colleagues from the Interior and Agriculture, Foreign Minister

Antonio Tajani

is also following the dossier .


We would like to have workers who arrive in our country already trained

, who already have an operational destination, that is, know where they have to go to work. And then we would like to reward the countries that make agreements with us", he clarified before welcoming Meloni together with ambassador Giampiero Massolo at the conference organized by ISPI.

In front of ministers, heads of state and government of the Med area, diplomats and experts, the prime minister speaks for about half an hour, on a day marked by

yet another tragedy at sea

, with three missing and about forty shipwrecked rescued after the overturning of a boat off Lampedusa.

The intervention also has the effect of keeping the level of alarm high, because after the case of the

Ocean Viking

, also in the light of the 20-point plan presented two weeks ago by the Commission, "the atmosphere has changed positively", for put it in the words used yesterday by Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini.

"For the first time, the central Mediterranean route has been considered a priority in a document from the European Commission, it is a victory - claims the premier -. It would not have happened if Italy had not raised the question of respect for international legality and the need to address the phenomenon of migration at a structural level".

"The Mediterranean needs to be perceived mainly as a community of destiny and not as a place of death caused by traffickers of human lives", Meloni's thesis, who asks the EU to "

relaunch migration cooperation with the partners of the Africa and the Mediterranean

, who must be more involved in the fight against trafficking in human beings". a wider Mediterranean dimension".

The criticism concerns migrants and beyond.

From a Union that "can no longer control anything" of the energy supply chains, he is asking for "a strong signal", namely "

to shift the center of gravity of European energy exchanges precisely towards the Mediterranean


And you can also read a message to the European partners behind the reasoning on energy as a "national but also inclusive and therefore common good".

For his part, Meloni has repeated since the beginning of his mandate that he wants to focus on a 'Mattei plan for Africa', "an approach with a non-predatory but collaborative posture", because "our prosperity is not possible if there is no even that of our neighbors.

And because in this way "the worrying spread of Islamic radicalism would be more effectively countered, especially in the sub-Saharan area".

They are realities, he says also thinking of Iran and Afghanistan, "so complex" in which "there is no future" without freedom for young people and women.

In this scenario, the stabilization of Libya is "urgent", where Tajani is preparing to go for "a general agreement" on migrants.

The executive also maintains close relations with Tunisia, Turkey, as well as with the countries of sub-Saharan Africa such as Mauritania and Niger, with whose presidents Meloni has had long meetings in the last two days.

Meloni to the Nigerian President Bazoum: "We fight terrorism and illegal immigration" 

"On the sidelines of Med Dialogues 2022 I met the President of Niger Mohamed Bazoum. At the center of the conversation was the instability of the Sahel and the central role of Niger in the fight against terrorism and in the management of irregular migratory flows towards the central Mediterranean", Meloni wrote on Twitter late in the evening.

"I reaffirmed my willingness to work together to fight the rooting of Islamic extremism and illegal immigration, through a model of cooperation that aims to enhance the potential of African nations and lead to tangible results of mutual benefit".

Source: ansa

All life articles on 2022-12-03

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