Italy salutes 'first concrete step' on migrants relocations

Missions by French, German officials to visit Italian centers

05 August, 13:48

    (ANSAmed) - ROME, AUGUST 5 - The "first concrete step" has been taken for the implementation of the political declaration approved on June 10 in Luxembourg by the Home Affairs Council, which provides for the annual relocation of about 10,000 migrants, mainly selected among people rescued at sea who are disembarked in member States of first entry of the European Union.

    French officials visited the CARA reception center in Bari, from July 28 until August 2, to verify the composition of a first group of migrants who will be relocated to France, the Italian interior ministry said on Friday. Meanwhile, German authorities said they are ready for a similar mission in August, the ministry added.

    Among the 18 member States (Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Croatia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Portugal, the Czech Republic, Romania and Spain) and the three associates of the European Union (Norway, Switzerland and Liechtenstein) who shared the political statement on June 10, France and Germany have already followed up on their commitment with the formalization of a first package of relocations that affects migrants who have landed in Italy. A "platform" has thus been activated, set up by the European Commission, through which member States and EU associates confirm their commitment for the relocation of migrants. (ANSAmed) (ANSA).

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