The mayors do not hide the anxiety and concern for the evolution of the migrant situation but everyone "is ready to do their part". But in order to proceed, they ask for a new meeting at the Interior Ministry to have "more tools and measures" available to manage the situation. Matteo Biffoni, ANCI delegate and mayor of Prato, drew up the list of requests to be submitted to the government at the end of a meeting of the Immigration Commission, attended by 80 administrators from all over Italy.
"On the CPRs we await the government's proposals to then make our assessments", he clarifies, "and at the same time we reiterate the need to focus on widespread reception, on the Sai network, recognizing incentives to the Municipalities that welcome".
Still on foreign minors, a theme very dear to the mayors for the direct reverberation on the coffers of the municipalities, it urges "a clearer and renewed division of tasks and responsibilities: the central State takes care of the first reception and the Municipalities continue to play their part". But the Sai, underlines the Tuscan administrator, "must become stable and continuous". It is also "fundamental the dialogue between Prefectures and Municipalities to return to managing flows and placements, avoiding that minors are channeled only to certain territories".
Meanwhile, within the ANCI Immigration Commission, the go-ahead has been given to the launch of a subcommittee that will have to establish an extraordinary intervention plan, for those territories - 'land' and islanders - most affected by the emergency arrivals. Proposal welcomed by the mayor of Pozzallo, Roberto Ammatuna, who speaks of "a very positive result that aims to ensure that subsequent discussions with the Ministry of the Interior can give a solution to a problem that day after day becomes more and more difficult and complicated".
In the meantime, the murmurs do not subside on the territories. As in Bologna, where the mayor Matteo Lepore was keen to recall that in these days another 800 migrants are arriving in Emilia-Romagna, of which 22% are destined for the capital. "Instead of inaugurating with Ursula von der Leyen the European election campaign in Lampedusa - he explained - Meloni should convene the mayors", because "we are tired of this situation, because even today the Council of Ministers met to define a decree on migrants and the mayors were not involved again, and not even the ANCI was involved". A situation that in his view deserves the launch of an ad hoc control room. On migrants, the government "improvises irresponsibly", attacks the mayor of Modena Gian Carlo Muzzarelli (Pd), who takes issue with the unexpected arrival in the city "of people unloaded by bus at the police headquarters directly from Lampedusa, without any information or prior sharing by the government to the municipalities".
In Valle d'Aosta, the governor Renzo Testolin has made it known that the available places are exhausted: with the Presidency of the Council of Ministers "there are contacts that are substantially weekly to take stock of the situation, where availability is requested, transfer opportunities are evaluated and where we explicitly explain that at the moment the centers available to us are completely occupied", clarified.
Instead, for Attilio Fontana, president of Lombardy, "the problem is that, as has been said and repeated, Lampedusa is not the Italian border but the border of the European Union, and this must be realized".
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