sexta-feira, 24 de abril de 2015

European leaders gather to set strategy to prevent the deaths in the Mediterranean

The heads of State and Government of the European Union meet on Thursday in Brussels, in an extraordinary Summit. On top of the table is the question of immigrants continue to arrive, and dying to reach the European coast. The goal of the meeting is to wake up concrete measures to prevent more people from dying in the Mediterranean.

An appointment by the President of the European Council after the sinking of a vessel with illegal immigrants on Sunday, which caused the deaths of more than 800 people:

"We need to improve the rescue operations but need to discuss the distribution of refugees in Europe, fighting against trafficking networks and to do something to stabilize the southern States, particularly, to Libya," explained Frank-Walter Steinmeier, German Foreign Minister.

The Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi criticizes the actions of the European Union on this matter:

"This type of priorities is what we don't want. The European Union looks like an Assembly of countries members of the Economic Club. "

European leaders will discuss a plan of 10 actions that provides, for example, strengthening the search and rescue operations, by strengthening the funding and resources to patrol.

At the end of 2014 ended the Italian Mare Nostrum operation patrolling an area that stretched to 100 nautical miles south of Lampedusa and that saved thousands of lives. The European Union has implemented a new approach, the operation Triton, which patrol only the Italian coast and of Malta, far from where most of the accidents happen.

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