EP president Martin Schulz and the Italian president of the Chamber of Deputies, Laura Boldrini, commemorating last year's tragedy in Lampedusa, Italy        
EP president Martin Schulz and Italian president of the Chamber of Deputies Laura Boldrini 

European Parliament president Martin Schulz was in Lampedusa Friday to mark the first anniversary of the tragedy on 3 October 2013 when 366 migrants lost their lives trying to reach the small island off the Sicilian coast. While in Lampedusa the president will also meet the families of victims and participate in a conference on the Mediterranean's migration crisis.

Speaking this morning Martin Schulz underlined that the management of the EU's outer borders is a common European responsibility; "not only a Maltese, Greek, Cypriot, Spanish or Italian issue." "Europe has always been a continent of immigration. People will continue to come to Europe. And we have humanitarian obligations to help people fleeing war and persecution.” he said.

You can read the speech here.