Migration tops the agenda of European Home Affairs Minister meeting in Malta
Home Affairs Ministers representing Malta, Italy, France and Germany, and Finland, that presently holding the Presidency of the European Union, and European Commissioner for Migration Dimitris Avramopoulos, will discuss a document on migration in a meeting in Fort St Angelo.
At a meeting in Malta, the three largest countries in the EU want to find a solution to the issue of distributing migrants
The meeting in Malta is the result of several initiatives taken in recent months towards solutions to situations being created, particularly with migrants on board NGO-owned vessels.
Maltese Interior Minister Michael Farrugia invited his new Italian colleague, as well as interior ministers from Germany, France and Finland, to come to Malta in hopes of establishing new rules laying out how the EU will deal with migrants rescued while crossing the Mediterranean from Libya.
Malta and Italy are proposing an automatic relocation system for migrants rescued in the Mediterranean.
On the eve of the ministerial meeting in Malta, Home Affairs and National Security Minister Michael Farrugia told TVM that rules governing disembarkation of migrants will be a crucial part of this agreement which he hopes will be reached with the Home Affairs Ministers of Italy, France and Germany.
France and Italy are thinking along the same lines, and have declared that migrants rescued in the Mediterranean should be relocated automatically to European Union countries. This has been stated by French President Emmanuel Macron and Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte during a meeting in Rome prior to Monday’s Malta meeting.