On the German compromise proposal on the EU Pact on migrants, "the Interior Minister is evaluating. Italy did not say no, we asked for time to examine it as everyone asked. I remember that the proposal arrived this morning, not a month ago. The time is normal for a more in-depth assessment from a legal point of view, also hearing the opinion of the other members of the government". This was stated by Foreign Minister Antonio Tajani in response to a question on Berlin's proposal for the pact on migrants, concerning above all a clause on humanitarian aid. Interior Minister Matteo Piantedosi has left the EU Home Affairs Council and is flying to Rome. The meeting of Interior Ministers continued by focusing on the fight against drug trafficking. Representatives of 14 South American countries were also present.
"Progress has been made and I am optimistic that agreement can be reached today on the last tranche of the Compact on Migration. Then we can start the trilogues. As with other chapters of the Pact, at the beginning there were tensions but in the end we managed to manage" an agreement. This was stated by the Commissioner for Home Affairs Ylva Johansson, speaking to reporters before the Home Affairs Council.
"In adopting proposals that are crucial to the Pact on Immigration and Asylum, I now strongly urge Member States to agree on crisis resolution at today's meeting of interior ministers. Now we have to finish the job. We must ensure the proper implementation of the Pact." So the president of the EU Commission, Ursula von der Leyen at the EPP summit in Split.
"On the crisis management regulation" within the Asylum and Migration Pact "we are negotiating the issue of individual standards, I am confident that in the end we will get a good result". This was stated by the German Interior Minister, Nancy Faeser, arriving at the Internal Affairs Council in Brussels.
On the management of migration crises we need a "better solution" in the EU, "we must have clear rules at the external borders in order to avoid images like those of Lampedusa". This was stated by the Austrian Minister of the Interior, Gerhard Karner, arriving at the EU Home Affairs Council in Brussels. "We have seen the images of Lampedusa and how great the migratory pressure on Europe is. We need to work hard and our Compact on Migration, take further steps and bring it to life, this is what we are fighting with today," Karner said, calling for "making the EU's external borders more secure."
The meeting, in addition to the migrant dossier and the Memorandum on Tunisia, will see on the table the issue of temporary protection for Ukrainians and that of the fight against drug trafficking from South America.