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Presentation by the DG of Communication on the external aspects of migration. Gentiloni: “a first step towards a change of course”

The presentation by the European Commission’s DG of Communication on the external aspects of migration constitutes a first step towards “the change of course” strongly requested by Italy.
In line with the approach taken by Italy in its ‘Migration Compact’ proposal, immediate measures will be taken to contain the flows, in addition to medium and long-term instruments promoting investments to support the development of African countries, which are essential to sustainably tackle the sizable migration flows in a framework of partnerships.

“On the basis of the Commission’s proposals, in the next few days we will continue to make an utmost effort so that the European Council meeting at the end of June might come to a common decision to tackle this challenge, tangibly and with adequate resources,” said Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni.

Italy therefore hopes that the Commission will immediately revise the use of EU cooperation funds, redirecting resources to the migration emergency. In parallel, negotiations on the single agreements (“Compact”) with priority Countries – to be identified by taking into due consideration the origin and the transit routes of migrants – need to be immediately initiated, laid out in detail and hastily finalised according to a well-specified timeline.