Connect with us

World

EU weighs plans to ease France, Italy migrant tensions

News Agencies

Published

on

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union interior ministers on Friday weighed proposals to ease tensions between France and Italy over migrants arriving on their shores without authorization, including a possible crackdown on charity-run ships doing search and rescue work in the Mediterranean Sea.

In recent weeks, several hundred people hoping to enter Europe have been stranded at sea aboard aid ships while countries bicker over whether and where they should be allowed to disembark.

It comes during a year in which more than 90,000 migrants have so far arrived in Europe though the Mediterranean, chiefly from Libya and Tunisia – an increase of almost 50% over the same period in 2021. Almost 2,000 people have died or are missing at sea.

A diplomatic row erupted earlier this month when Italy maneuvered France into accepting a humanitarian rescue ship, the Ocean Viking, with 234 migrants aboard. The right-wing government in Rome had refused to grant it access to a port for weeks.

France retaliated by suspending its participation in an EU solidarity pact to accept around 3,000 people, in a process known as “relocation,” who had arrived this year in Italy, and sent officers to reinforce its southern border crossings and prevent migrants from entering.

“If Italy doesn’t take the boats, doesn’t accept the law of the sea, and the nearest safe port, there’s no reason that countries that do relocation, France and Germany, should be the same countries that accept the boats or the migrants directly from Africa or Asia,” French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin said.

Darmanin and his counterparts are seeking a more permanent solution to a problem that has dogged the EU for many years. Diplomats and officials said they were unlikely to make much progress, but that they could lay the ground work for some kind of agreement at their next meeting on Dec. 8-9.

The EU’s executive branch, the European Commission, has tabled an action plan. Part of that plan involves the idea of imposing tighter rules on ships doing search and rescue work. Neither the EU nor any of its member countries actively search for migrants at sea unless they receive an emergency call.

The plan calls for the EU to throw its weight behind “discussions in the International Maritime Organization on the need for a specific framework and guidelines for vessels having a particular focus on search and rescue activities, particularly in view of developments in the European context.”

The IMO, for its part, has expressed concern about the disembarkation row. It has recalled that, under international law, a search and rescue operation is not concluded until the survivors have been taken ashore to a place of safety.

To the dismay of charity groups, Italy has already impounded NGO ships that transport migrants or tie their crew up in court cases to dissuade them. Greece has also tried to discourage humanitarian organizations from helping people trying to enter Europe without authorization.

Darmanin told reporters that “the NGOs that are in the Mediterranean are there to save people and obviously should not be, under any circumstances, in any kind of contact with any smuggling organization.”

Other EU countries oppose new rules that would make it impossible for NGO ships to save lives.

U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, said that with so many lives at stake in the Mediterranean, his agency “appreciates the vital importance of rescue at sea by all actors, including NGO rescue vessels.”

The International Rescue Committee, a migrant aid group, called on the EU to mount its own “search and rescue operations, and work in coordination with NGOs to ensure that everyone rescued at sea is disembarked quickly and safely.”

Continue Reading
Advertisement

Breaking News

Advertisement

Editor Pick’s

Latest Entertainment

Entertainment4 hours ago

So emotional: ‘The Voice’ Season 22’s top eight compete in Whitney-themed semifinals

‘The Voice’ Season 22 top eight contestants Omar Jose Cardona, Bodie, Bryce Leatherwood, Justin Aaron, Parijita Bastola, Kim Cruise, Brayden...

Hollywood Actress Ellie kemper Spotted in Anjali phougat Jewels by designer dream collection Hollywood Actress Ellie kemper Spotted in Anjali phougat Jewels by designer dream collection
Entertainment5 hours ago

Hollywood Actress Ellie kemper Spotted in Anjali phougat Jewels by designer dream collection

Anjali Phougat is an Ohio-based fashion designer, film fashion wardrobe stylist, entrepreneur, and founder of a luxury fashion brand called Designer...

Entertainment11 hours ago

John Travolta pays tribute to Kirstie Alley: ‘I know we will see each other again’

John Travolta and Kirstie Alley promote the 1989 movie “Look Who’s Talking.” (Photo: TriStar Pictures/Courtesy Everett Collection) The death of...

Entertainment12 hours ago

Kirstie Alley Dead: Star of ‘Cheers’ and ‘Drop Dead Gorgeous’ Dies at 71

CelebrityUS Magazine ‘General Hospital’ Star Jack Wagner’s Son Harrison’s Cause of Death Revealed Amid Scholarship Launch General Hospital star Jack Wagner’s son...

Entertainment12 hours ago

Kirstie Alley Dead: Star of Cheers Dies at 71 After Short Battle with Cancer

https://www.instagram.com/p/ClzqliopUks/?igshid=YWJhMjlhZTc%3D lley Verified • Liked by pradalover__ and others kirstiealley’s profile picture kirstiealley Verified To all our friends, far and...

Entertainment13 hours ago

Morgan Wallen Will Take 2023 ‘One Night at a Time’ on a Massive World Tour

morgan-wallen-tour.jpg 2022 iHeartRadio Music Festival – Night 1 – Show – Credit: Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images Morgan Wallen will be chasin’...

Entertainment14 hours ago

38 women accuse director James Toback in new lawsuit of prowling the streets of NYC to lure and sexually abuse, assault, or batter them

James Toback.Thomson Reuters James Toback “prowled” NYC to lure women using his status in the industry, a new lawsuit claims....

Entertainment14 hours ago

Box Office Bust: ‘Black Adam’ Faces Theatrical Losses

“Black Adam” has hardly been given a hero’s welcome in its box office run, generating just $387 million globally after...

Latest Sports

Sports36 mins ago

The most interesting thing about each of the NBA’s five worst teams

Even bad teams playing out the string feature some things worth keeping an eye on … and maybe even getting...

Sports57 mins ago

The Morning Pitt: Quarterbacks gone wild

If it seemed like there was a lot of quarterback activity for Pitt on Monday, it's because there was.

Sports1 hour ago

Here’s where the Bears stand in the 2023 NFL draft after Week 13

The Chicago Bears have the No. 2 overall pick in the NFL draft after losing to the Packers in Week...

Sports2 hours ago

UCLA women’s soccer rallies to beat North Carolina, win national title on wild last-second goal

UCLA rallied from a late 2-0 hole to beat North Carolina in double overtime on Monday night in the women's...

Sports2 hours ago

Bruins-Golden Knights takeaways: Vegas ends Boston’s home win streak

The Bruins' record home win streak ended Monday night against their former coach, Bruce Cassidy, in an emotional game at...

Sports3 hours ago

Steph Curry addresses fake viral video of five straight full-court shots

Steph Curry didn't actually make five straight full-court shots, as a viral video portrays, but he wanted everyone to know...

Sports3 hours ago

Three things to know: Anthony Davis, Lakers playing up to Darvin Ham’s vision

In his last five games, Anthony Davis is averaging 35.6 points on 66.7% shooting with 13.4 rebounds and 3.2 blocks...

Sports4 hours ago

World Cup 2022: Spain and Portugal look to book quarterfinal spots on Tuesday

Unless Morocco beats Spain, there will be six European teams in the quarterfinals.

Technology Hot News

Is Elon Musk Really Going to Buy Twitter? Is Elon Musk Really Going to Buy Twitter?
Technology1 month ago

Is Elon Musk Really Going to Buy Twitter?

Elon Musk, the owner of the electric car company Tesla, CEO of SpaceX, and the richest man in the world,...

WhatsApp services were affected across Pakistan, restored after 2 hours WhatsApp services were affected across Pakistan, restored after 2 hours
Technology1 month ago

WhatsApp services were affected across Pakistan, restored after 2 hours

WhatsApp services were affected in various countries of the world, including Pakistan, and India due to this users were facing...

Bitcoin vs Litecoin: A guide to understanding cryptocurrencies Bitcoin vs Litecoin: A guide to understanding cryptocurrencies
Technology2 months ago

Bitcoin vs Litecoin: A guide to understanding cryptocurrencies

Cryptocurrencies currently occupy an odd place in society. They are no longer the super niche bizarre currency beloved by tech...

Personal data of people is selling on Google Play and Google Ads Personal data of people is selling on Google Play and Google Ads
Editor Picks3 months ago

Personal data of people are sold on Google Play and Google Ads

It’s been two to three years since Google has been unknowingly hosting multiple apps from malicious actors who sell personal...

Protonmail is down a second time in the past 24 hours Protonmail is down a second time in the past 24 hours
Technology5 months ago

Protonmail is down a second time in the past 24 hours

An end-to-end encrypted email service Protonmail is down a second time in the past 24 hours, netizens reported on social...

What's better for the student: a tablet or a laptop What's better for the student: a tablet or a laptop
Technology7 months ago

What’s better for the student: a tablet or a laptop

Some analysts argue that computers have outlived their usefulness. There is some truth in this: PC and laptop sales are...

Tesla founder Elon Musk holds the Twitter deal temporary Tesla founder Elon Musk holds the Twitter deal temporary
Technology7 months ago

Tesla founder Elon Musk holds the Twitter deal temporary

USA: Elon Musk, the founder of companies like Tesla and SpaceX, can actually buy anything in the world. Last month,...

How Zafar Supari is utilizing his ability on Snapchat? How Zafar Supari is utilizing his ability on Snapchat?
Technology7 months ago

How Zafar Supari is utilizing his ability on Snapchat?

Pakistan: Zafar Supari a public figure, businessman, and social media sensation has crossed one hundred thirty-three thousand 133k subscribers on...