Ways to stem migration flows into the EU, particularly via the Mediterranean route, will be debated with EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini on Tuesday.
Stepping up cooperation with African countries and helping them to manage their borders better, a review of EU legislation on migration and asylum and efforts to stabilise Libya are among the policy measures being discussed.
After the closure of the Balkans route and the EU-Turkey deal on migration, Italy became the main EU entry point for migrants and asylum-seekers. A record 181,436 migrants and asylum-seekers reached its shores last year, and 99,742 have arrived there so far in 2017.
According to the International Organization for Migration (IOM), 2,537 persons have lost their lives trying to cross the Mediterranean this year:
Three out of four Europeans want the EU to do more to tackle the migration crisis, according to the latest Eurobarometer survey.
Statement by the Vice-President of the Commission/High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy (without resolution)
Debate: Tuesday, 12 September