UfM final text, employment for youths and women

Hungary opposition on welcoming migrants rejected

12 May, 20:16

    The speakers of Parliaments of the Union for the Mediterranean who met Friday at the Senate in Rome The speakers of Parliaments of the Union for the Mediterranean who met Friday at the Senate in Rome

    ROME - The speakers of Parliaments of the Union for the Mediterranean who met Friday at the Senate in Rome approved a final statement which included the following essential points: ''promoting effective and coherent employment policies''; ''supporting countries of the Mediterranean area in a phase of democratic transition'', creating employment in the more marginalized areas and producing development, stability and security in ''favor of youths and of women's entrepreneurship''; ''backing the development of telecommunications and infrastructures between the two shores'', promoting the preservation of the environment; ''favoring a different consideration of the migration phenomenon, promoting a culture of integration''.

    The statement's most controversial point was connected to the migration issue which, stressed the UfM Assembly, ''constitutes a factor of economic growth for hosting countries, in particular those hit by a demographic downturn and aging of the population''. To that end, according to point 9 in the statement, ''it is important to promote a culture of welcome favoring integration and preventing the insurgence of episodes of racism and intolerance''.

    Hungary's amendment on welcome rejected. Cuts to document proposed also on migration as factor of growth


    The Hungarian national Assembly's delegated wanted to scrap this passage, backed by his Maltese colleague, but accepted the position of the majority.

    The amendment to the joint statement presented by Hungary also sought to cancel the sentence referring to migration as a potential ''factor of economic growth''.

    Italian Senate Speaker Pietro Grasso said the proposal presented by Hungary to integrate the session's final document could not be included because it was ''far'' from the spirit with which the measure was written and gave the word to the deputy speaker of the Hungarian Parliament, Istvan Hiller, who confirmed his position. 

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