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Parliamentary questions
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9 April 2019
Answer given by Mr Avramopoulos on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: P-000470/2019

On 31 January 2019, the Italian authorities allowed for the disembarkation of the Sea-Watch 3 in Catania. The 32 adult migrants were transferred to the Messina hotspot, whereas the 15 unaccompanied minors were hosted in a reception centre for unaccompanied minors close to Catania. In that case, the Italian Government requested the redistribution of the migrants and asked the Commission to coordinate such an arrangement.

As far as the Commission is aware, Italy has provided for the material reception conditions as required by Directive 2013/33/EU, once the said persons were disembarked in Catania on 31 January 2019 and made their application for international protection. The Reception Conditions Directive clearly stipulates that applicants for international protection should be ensured a dignified standard of living and provides guarantees for the applicants with special reception needs, such as the children. As guardian of the Treaties, the Commission monitors closely the transposition and application of EU asylum acquis by all Member States.

As set out in its communications of 4 December 2018(1) and 6 March 2019(2) the Commission believes that while discussion needs to continue on the reform of the Dublin Regulation, temporary arrangements should be put in place and should act as a bridge until the new Dublin Regulation is agreed and becomes applicable.

The temporary arrangements would ensure that already now the EU is equipped to offer concrete solidarity to Member States in need and it is important that as many Member States as possible participate in such temporary arrangements.

(1)COM(2018) 798 final.
(2)COM(2019) 126 final.

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