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Parliamentary questions
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11 April 2019
E-001793-19
Question for written answer E-001793-19
to the Commission
Rule 130
Cécile Kashetu Kyenge (S&D)

 Subject:  Search and rescue and entering Libyan ports
 Answer in writing 

The Commission recently referred to the ‘success of the Libyan Coast Guard, which saved 15 358 people in 2018 (IOM data), taking them back to Libya.

Most of the people rescued landed at the ports of Tripoli, Homs (19%) and al-Zawiya (11%)’. On the basis of these data, the Italian Government, represented by the Minister of the Interior, updated a national border policy to combat illegal immigration.

Can the Commission therefore say:
1. Does the fact that Libya has ratified the 1979 Hamburg Convention and is thus a full participant in the global search and rescue (SAR) plan managed by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) mean per se that it can be included on the list of safe countries?
2. Can Libya be deemed a suitable country for receiving people rescued in the Mediterranean Sea?
Original language of question: IT 
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