Migrant deal still needed Conte says after EU summit

The more we delay the more difficulty we'll be in

20 September, 16:45

    ROME - Premier Giuseppe Conte said after an informal EU summit in Salzburg Thursday that a deal on migrants was still needed.
    He said "we told each other that we have to reach conclusions" on migrants because "the more we delay the more we'll all get into difficulty".
    There were no winners in the recent standoff between Italy and EU over the case of the migrants rescued by the Diciotti coast guard ship, Conte said.
    "The Diciotti case sees us all as losers," Conte told reporters. "If European wants to have an immigration policy, this means defining a strategy, revising the Dublin procedure and quickly pursuing new mechanisms of collective management featuring solidarity".
    Conte said that "stopping at voluntary contributions (on migrants) is not a goal we are aiming at". He said "we should think of incentivising and disincentivising mechanisms." The premier also said "Italy's position on the Frontex project is that is certainly can have a role but boosting Frontex up to 10,000 men also raises problems about the usefulness of such an investment". He said "I'd prefer these investments to be destined for Africa", and explained "there's also a political problem, it is clear that a similar deployment of men poses an issue of sovereignty. "All member States are jealous, it's clear, and Italy is no less so".

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