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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)

  Marlene Mizzi (S&D), in writing. – It pains me to see that 49 migrants were stranded at sea for days waiting for the Member States to take responsibility and show solidarity in this heart—breaking situation. It pains me to see the ineptness and rigidness of the current EU rules, when all we have been fighting for in the last few years was a European solution to the migration crisis. It pains me to see that people’s lives were endangered because the Italian Government refused to comply with their international and European obligations. But it hurts much worse to see people deceivingly attacking my country, when Malta has done more than most EU countries have done in the last 10 years. When, Malta has taken in, per capita, more than any other EU country. And when Malta has successfully helped to conclude the ad hoc agreement for the quick and safe relocation of the 49 migrants. We cannot expect that every time Salvini decides to blackmail the European Union and the Member States, then Malta will take the burden and the responsibility for the whole of the EU. But please, do not let people suffer any longer and provide us with a sustainable European solution to share the responsibility among all Member States.

Last updated: 15 May 2019Legal notice