Reference Number: PR181766, Press Release Issue Date: Aug 14, 2018

Following discussions between France and Malta, a number of European Union member states, with the support of the European Commission, agreed on a responsibility sharing exercise regarding the rescued migrants on board MV Aquarius.

Malta will be making a concession allowing the vessel to enter its ports, despite having no legal obligation to do so. Malta will serve as a logistical base and all of the reportedly 141 migrants on board will be distributed amongst France, Germany, Luxembourg, Portugal and Spain.

On Monday, Malta also rescued a further 114 persons at sea. 60 persons from this rescue operation will also be distributed among other member states as part of the joint EU cooperation.

This is the second time such a voluntary mechanism was put into place following that relating to the MV Lifeline

The Maltese government considers this to be a concrete example of European leadership and solidarity.​