Italy pushing for Dublin Rules reform

Joint effort with Cyprus, Malta, Greece and Spain

27 April, 19:54

    (ANSAmed) - BRUSSELS, APRIL 27 - Italy, Greece, Malta, Cyprus, and Spain will be teaming up to apply greater pressure in talks over reforms of the Dublin Rules. They are asking for less weight of migration flows to be placed on the shoulders of the first countries the migrants arrive in. Now that talks on the proposal by the Bulgarian presidency of the Council of the EU are beginning in earnest, the five countries sent their EU partner nations and the European Commission a document with a joint position in which they asked for the ''efforts of countries in the front line for the control of the EU's external borders, subject to migration pressure, and search and rescue activities at sea be recognized in the regulation'' and so that ''procedural weight will be alleviated''. In the thirteen points of the three-page document, there is a focus on the need to ''reduce the responsibility'' of the member state in which the migrant first entered to two years instead of the ten currently required by the proposal made by the Bulgarian presidency of the Council of the EU. ''Solidarity measures must have a positive, immediate impact,'' the first countries wrote, noting that ''some of the measures called for - such as resettlement and the 30,000-euro contribution in place of relocation of asylum seekers - would not help to alleviate, in the immediate future, the weight on the country of first entrance.'' Italy, Cyprus, Malta, Greece, and Spain would also like to extend the range of refugees that can be included in the relocation program. Perplexity was also expressed on the relocation mechanism of the Bulgarian proposal. While the five countries are pushing for an automatic, obligatory system, the revised draft calls for the possibility of the European Commission proposes to the Council to activate the solidarity mechanism only when faced with a flow of over 160% compared with the previous year. However, the system would become obligatory only with a one over 180%, so long as EU partners do not vote against it (ANSAmed).

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