Question for oral answer to the Commission Rule 115 Mario Mauro, Alfredo Pallone, Iva Zanicchi, Magdi Cristiano Allam, Teresa Jiménez-Becerril Barrio, Aldo Patriciello, Marietta Giannakou, Gabriele Albertini, Dominique Vlasto, Crescenzio Rivellini, Cristiana Muscardini, Antonio Cancian, Carlo Fidanza, Amalia Sartori, Giovanni La Via, Barbara Matera, Elisabetta Gardini, Paolo Bartolozzi, Roberta Angelilli, Clemente Mastella, Lara Comi, Véronique Mathieu, Salvatore Tatarella, Erminia Mazzoni, Santiago Fisas Ayxela, Simon Busuttil, Sergio Paolo Frances Silvestris, Raffaele Baldassarre, Vito Bonsignore, Potito Salatto, Giovanni Collino, Georgios Papanikolaou, David Casa, Carlo Casini, Sergio Berlato, Marco Scurria, Licia Ronzulli, Luigi Ciriaco De Mita, Ioannis Kasoulides, Antonello Antinoro, Georgios Koumoutsakos
Subject: Reactivating the EU political strategy for the Mediterranean
During the past month nearly six thousand people have landed in Italy, with three thousand arriving within the space of three days, from 11 to 14 February. These figures constitute crystal-clear evidence of a momentous emergency. Given the characteristics of this phenomenon, which is certain to grow to a far greater order of magnitude, Europe needs more urgently than ever to draw up a strategy to help the countries concerned, which will never be able on their own to withstand the force of the upheavals now taking place in the Mediterranean area. The Commission has already shown some encouraging signs of willingness, and the Council, specifically the Home Affairs Ministers meeting on 24 February, has provided EUR 25 million to help Italy cope with the migrant emergency.
These first steps in the right direction are intended to tackle the humanitarian emergency, but, be that as it may, there is one fundamental question still to be resolved, namely the new political strategy that Europe should adopt in relation to the Mediterranean.
– Given the failure of the Barcelona Process and the Union for the Mediterranean, does the Commission intend in the near future to draw up a long-term political strategy that can be implemented to useful effect in the Mediterranean area?
– If so, what steps will it take to ensure that, during the present transitional phase and in the future, democracy, the rule of law, and fundamental freedoms are respected in the North African countries affected by the recent popular revolts?
– How will it resolve the disagreements among the Member States that emerged at the Council meeting of 24 February regarding the establishment of the European asylum system and burden sharing?