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2 April 2012

Question for oral answer O-000094/2012

to the Commission

Rule 115

Cecilia Wikström, Sonia Alfano, Stanimir Ilchev, Sophia in 't Veld, Nadja Hirsch, Baroness Sarah Ludford, Louis Michel, Ramon Tremosa i Balcells, Marielle de Sarnez, Ivo Vajgl, Gianni Vattimo, Nathalie Griesbeck

on behalf of the ALDE Group

  Subject:  Follow up to the EP LIBE delegation visit in Sicily and recent deaths in the Mediterranean

A delegation of Parliament’s Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) visited Sicily from 24 to 26 November 2011 to monitor centres for migrants. Following the visit, the Italian authorities were asked for further information, but none has yet been provided. These details are paramount in understanding what happened in 2011 and ensuring that migratory and protection challenges are met appropriately. In the meantime, 5 people were found dead in boats carrying hundreds of people that arrived in Lampedusa after 17 March. 74 Somali migrants were kept in a Tunisian fishing boat south of Lampedusa for 3 days before being sent back to Tunisia. The Commission is requested to provide details, where necessary by asking the Italian authorities for such information, in particular with regard to the following:

1.  the action that the EU and Italy intend to take in order to implement the judgment handed down by the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights in the case of Hirsi Jamaa and Others v. Italy;

2.  the recent arrivals and the way the emergency has been handled;

3.  on Lampedusa, specifically: dates of arrival and the number of people involved, the numbers hosted in each centre, transfers from Lampedusa to other centres on the mainland; the legal framework and the reasons for declaring Lampedusa’s port to be an ‘unsafe harbour’ for migrants; whether the decision is expected to be reviewed, and, if so, when; the timeframe for restructuring the Lampedusa centre and the legal framework, as well as the reasons for closing the centre to the media and to the Council of Europe delegation; and whether this decision will be reviewed and, if so, when;

4.  the legal framework for CIEs (identification and expulsion centres) and CARAs (reception centres for asylum seekers), and why asylum seekers in CIEs are not transferred to CARAs once they request asylum; detailed data related to the processing of asylum requests and their outcome;

5.  the texts of the current and previous agreements between Italy and Tunisia and Libya, and detailed information on their practical implementation, in particular since the Italian Prime Minister’s visit to Libya in January 2012;

6.  the management of CIEs and CARAs in Sicily, as regards both the location of the structures and the contracting agencies; whether reception conditions have been enhanced (renovation work at the Salina Grande CARA; assistance and provision of appropriate clothing at the Mineo CARA);

7.  assurances concerning the continuation of the Presidium project in future years;

8.  the EU funds received, and how they have been used in relation to migration management in 2011 and 2012; and Frontex activities in Sicily.

Tabled: 2.4.2012

Forwarded: 4.4.2012

Deadline for reply: 11.4.2012

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