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Debates
Tuesday, 15 January 2019 - Strasbourg Revised edition

Reform of the EU asylum and migration policy in light of the continued humanitarian crisis in the Mediterranean and Africa (debate)
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  Claude Moraes (S&D). – Madam President, as we approach very fast the end of the mandate we only have a three-month window and it is somewhat déjà vu – a tiny country like Malta, 400 000, which was the country when I first became a Member of Parliament that was taking refugees and again such a tiny country taking refugees, again the Commissioner going Member State to Member State, and we have to then ask the question: are we deluded if we say there is no common policy or that we don’t reform Dublin or we don’t have a package?

That is the question everyone needs to answer today. And the answer to that question is, of course we need some common approach otherwise the shame of Sea—Watch and Sea—Eye will be repeated, over 2 000 people will die and their numbers will be added to and that will continue. So we have a window of three months, in that window an opportunity must be taken. We didn’t have QMV in the Austrian Presidency and I say to and I ask the Romanian Presidency: take this opportunity, we should have QMV under the Treaties, we should have some movement, the homework was done in this Parliament, many of the rapporteurs were here. Let’s take this opportunity. We have three months. Let’s do it.

(Applause)

 
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