Between France and Italy there is now "a shared vision of the management of the migration issue": this is what Elysée sources said during a briefing dedicated to the upcoming Med 9 summit in Malta. "The Member States alone cannot manage the migration issue", they underline at the Elysée, welcoming the fact that since the last crisis in Lampedusa "Meloni is now playing the card of European support" and adding that Rome and Paris will promote a common position at the Malta summit and at the next European events.
During the briefing at the Elysée, sources close to President Emmanuel Macron stressed that Rome and Paris intend to go to the Med 9 summit in Malta with a common position and "concrete" proposals. "The first act of the strategy - they specify in Paris - intervene with the countries of origin, work with them, to prevent these flows that then transit through Tunisia. Second act: work with Tunisia to stop departures and dismantle the supply chains of human traffickers". The third act concerns the strengthening of "controls at sea", while the fourth concerns the examination of the right of asylum.
According to the Asylum and Immigration Pact currently being negotiated in Brussels, French sources stress, this examination must take place in the country of arrival, with a "strengthening" of the means available in the so-called hotspots. A strategy, the sources point out, widely evoked by the French Minister of the Interior, Gérald Darmanin, during his recent visit to Rome by his counterpart Matteo Piantedosi and also yesterday by Macron and Meloni in Rome, after the civil ceremony in homage to former President Giorgio Napolitano.
As for the Mattei plan proposed by the Italian prime minister, they underline in Paris, "it integrates with our agenda of discussions with the African Union and EU-Africa".
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