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Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 33 n° 335

Rescues at sea: MEPs demand EU and member states take responsibility

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 22 ottobre 2019

In a resolution adopted with 34 votes to 26 and 3 abstentions, the committee demands “a new more sustainable, reliable and permanent approach to search and rescue, replacing ad hoc solutions”. It also requests the EU countries to establish a fair and sustainable mechanism to distribute the rescued people. MEPs underline that, despite the significant drop in the arrivals of migrants and asylum-seekers to the EU in the last years, the route from Libya to Europe remains the deadliest migration route worldwide, with almost 700 hundred people gone missing so far this year, partly due to the reduction of search and rescue activities.They stress that saving lives is an act of solidarity but “first and foremost a legal obligation”. The text also points that international and EU law require to disembark rescued persons only in places of safety, adding that Libya that does not meet the criteria to be considered as such.Opening safe and legal pathways to the EU are the best way to prevent deaths at sea, add Civil Liberties MEPs, who demand solidarity among member states to relocate migrants and asylum-seekers and to step up resettlement, particularly of those evacuated from Libyan detention centres. They call for humanitarian corridors to be put in place.
Finally, the draft resolution notes that several NGOs and activists are under criminal investigation in different EU countries for saving lives in the Mediterranean and reiterates that humanitarian assistance should not be criminalised. It also asks member states to maintain their ports open to NGO vessels.MEPs will discuss this issue with the Council and the Commission in plenary on Wednesday 23 October. The non-legislative resolution will be then put to the vote on Thursday 24 October.


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