EU keen to ease tensions between major members — RT World News

European Commission Vice-President Margaritis Schinas has expressed concern as France and Italy bicker over migrants

The EU is urgently trying to find a way to resolve a growing row over asylum seekers rescued at sea between France and Italy, a senior official has revealed in Brussels. European Commission Vice-President Margaritis Schinas told the media that Brussels was considering calling an extraordinary ministerial meeting in the hope that the two member states would work things out.

In an interview with Politico published on Friday, Schinas said that the EU “cannot allow two Member States to fight in public and create another mega political crisis linked to migration.

In order to defuse the situation, the European Commission is “initiateand calling for a meeting of interior ministers in the coming weeks, the official added.

According to Schinas, a comprehensive solution covering the entire Central Mediterranean migration route would be preferable. This should include “development aid and neighborhood aid to countries of origin and transit,” an area where there is still room for improvement, underlined the Vice-President of the European Commission.

Tensions between Paris and Rome erupted after the newly invested Italian government refused to let the Ocean Viking ship, operated by a French NGO, dock in its ports. The ship was carrying some 230 migrants who had been rescued at sea.

The French government was quick to challenge Italyunacceptable behavior“and the failure of”respect its European commitments.

Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin said Thursday that French authorities would allow the Ocean Viking to drop anchor in Toulon.

However, Paris also announced that it would freeze its previous plan to receive 3,500 asylum seekers who are currently in Italy, and urged other EU member states to do the same.

Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni, meanwhile, criticized France for betraying the “European dynamics… of solidarity and sharing,and describes Paris’ position as “aggressive.

Successive Italian governments have insisted the country has had to take in a disproportionate number of new arrivals and have called on other EU member states to share the burden.

The newly elected cabinet has pledged to crack down on illegal immigration.


Back to top button