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PR191514

07/07/2019

JOINT STATEMENT BETWEEN THE GOVERNMENT OF MALTA AND THE GOVERNMENT OF ITALY

‚ÄčThe foreign ministers of Italy and Malta, Enzo Moavero and Carmelo Abela, referring to further complex situations involving ships with migrants on board, their entry into the territorial waters of the two countries, docking and landing in Italian and Maltese ports, confirm their firm will to cooperate with each other.  They reiterate, however, that it is essential to ensure effective governance of migratory flows to Europe, because it is no longer permissible to proceed on a case by case basis , seeking solutions in emergencies, with growing political difficulties and very serious hardships.  To this end, we need a structured permanent mechanism at the European Union level, which deals with all the sensitive issues concerning migration and is not limited solely to the procedures regarding the right to asylum.  Reforming the Dublin regulation is not enough, we need to go further and take care of all migrants.  In order for an organic discussion to take place, capable of leading EU governments to converge towards a common migration policy, the two ministers ask for a specific agenda item to be added to the agenda of the next EU Foreign Affairs Council in July.