Migrants: contacts with states on Gregoretti - EU

Germany says it is available to host some

29 July, 16:04

    (ANSAmed) - BRUSSELS, JULY 29 - A European Commission spokesperson, speaking about the coast guard ship Bruno Gregoretti, said that ''following Italy's request'' for a refugee redistribution plan, the Commission ''has started contacts to support and coordinate all those member states who intend to take part in efforts of solidarity concerning the migrants on board'', who are 140. ''These contacts are still ongoing'', the spokesman added.

    ''We are not in the position to say how many and which countries'' are taking part in solidarity efforts ''but it will be up to the single states to communicate their availability'', the spokesperson added, replying to a question on which European countries were available for the redistribution. ''Our role is to coordinate member states'', added the spokesman. ''Once the process is completed, we will update you'', added another spokeswoman.

    Meanwhile a German interior ministry spokesman, responding to a question on the Gregoretti, said that the ''German federal government and interior ministry have said on Friday last week to the European Commission that they are available to take in migrants''.

    ''The German government expresses its condolences for the accident that led to the death of one hundred migrants'', added government spokeswoman Ulrike Demmer during a press conference.

    (ANSAmed).

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