Immigration: EU unable to spend as much as much as Italy

Malstrom, Frontex Plus will not replace Italian Mare Nostrum

05 September, 14:07

    Two Italian ships engaged in Italian Mare Nostrum operation Two Italian ships engaged in Italian Mare Nostrum operation

    (ANSAmed) - LA VALLETTA (MALTA) - Frontex Plus, an operation which starts at end of November, will help Italy patrol the Strait of Sicily but will not replace Italian surveillance and rescue operation Mare Nostrum, EU Commissioner of Home Affairs Cecilia Malmstrom said Friday during a visit to Malta.

    Malmstrom stressed that so far it is unclear how the operation will work and engagement rules, but she added that it will never be able to replace Mare Nostrum because the EU will never be able to undertake the expense of a mission similar to the one organized by Italy.

    ''It is still unclear how Frontex Plus will function'', the commissioner said, adding work was ongoing in defining training and responsibility. ''What I can say is that the operation will be larger than the traditional Frontex operation in the Mediterranean and it will be different from Mare Nostrum''. The Frontex council still needs to define the mission's arrangements, Malstrom said, vowing that she is ''personally involved'' in convincing member states to take part in the mission. (ANSAmed).

    © Copyright ANSA - All rights reserved