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Parliamentary questions
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8 March 2017
Question for written answer E-001589-17
to the Commission
Rule 130
Lorenzo Fontana (ENF)

 Subject:  Role of NGOs in the Mediterranean — Frontex sounds the alarm
 Answer in writing 

‘By rescuing migrants off the North African coasts, non-governmental organisations are playing into the hands of human traffickers’. This statement came directly from Fabrice Leggeri, director of Frontex, in an interview with the daily German newspaper Die Welt on 27 February. The head of the agency also called for rescue operations off the coast of Libya to be re-evaluated, since they could encourage traffickers to force more migrants to board unseaworthy vessels than in the past. He admitted that, recently, 40% of all rescue operations had been carried out by non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and that the latter cooperated poorly with security authorities.

Given the reply from the Commission received on 20 February 2017 to a question concerning a survey by Gefira, in which the Commissioner said he continued to support the fight against the criminal organisations, though he did not have any specific knowledge of the activities of the NGOs, can the Commission now specify:
whether it has had any news of these naval operations conducted by NGOs to which Frontex refers;
how it intends to engage with those NGOs;
how it intends to combat the criminal networks that are organising the trafficking in migrants?
Original language of question: IT 
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