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Parliamentary questions
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18 June 2018
Question for written answer E-003297-18
to the Commission
Rule 130
Marie-Christine Arnautu (ENF)

 Subject:  Tackling illegal immigration in the Mediterranean and sincere cooperation with Austria
 Answer in writing 

Since 2013, 700 000 immigrants have landed in Italy. In keeping with the wishes of the Italian peopale as expressed in the recent general election, the Italian Government refused to give the Aquarius, the vessel chartered by the pro-immigration NGO SOS Méditerranée, permission to dock so that the nearly 600 illegal immigrants the ship had picked up at sea off the North African coast could disembark and enter Italy.

The Hungarian, Slovak and Austrian leaders welcomed this decision, which proved that political will is all that is needed to police maritime borders. The German Minister of the Interior, who is in disagreement with the German Chancellor, is on the same page. According to the pollster Alessandro Amadori, surveys carried out by the Instituto Eumetra and the Insitituto di Affari Internazionali show that 80% of Italians support the steps their government is taking regarding migration.

However, neither the UN nor the Commission — any more than Emmanuel Macron — has the right to preach to Italy. We should not forget that when Malta refused to let the C-Star, a vessel operated by Defend Europe, dock at Valletta, the European authorities were not upset at all. Quite the reverse, in fact.

Will the Commission take decisive action to tackle the migrant invasion, in order to stop pseudo-humanitarian NGOs from ferrying people around the Mediterranean? Will it cooperate sincerely with Austria, which is about to take up the Council Presidency and has made tackling illegal immigration its priority?

Original language of question: FR 
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