|Author (Person)||Eaton, Tim, Melly, Paul|
|Series Title||Expert Comment|
|Content Type||Journal | Series | Blog|
The Action Plan comprised a set of five areas:
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The measures presented in this plan were the basis of discussions on immediate support for Italy that took place at the informal Justice and Home Affairs Council meeting on 6 July 2017 in Tallinn, Estonia.
Italy's Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni said on the 27 July 2017 that a government plan to deploy vessels in Libyan territorial waters to help fight human trafficking would be presented to the Italian parliament the following week.
However, this was a sensitive topic, for the Libyan authorities to allow its territorial waters to be entered for this purpose by the navy of another country. The Libyan Government of National Accord (GNA) said on the 28 July 2017 that it 'denies having asked Italy to send naval vessels into Libya's territorial waters... or fighter planes into Libyan airspace'.
News sources reported in August 2017 that the numbers of migrants attempting the dangerous sea journey from Libya to Italy had substantially been reduced in July 2017 from the equivalent figures in 2016. Some sources suggested this was a vindication of the Italian government strategy.
On the 17 August 2017 two United Nations human rights experts expressed serious concern over the new European Commission policy on Mediterranean Sea rescues, warning that more people would drown.
'The EU’s proposed new action plan, including a code of conduct for organisations operating rescue boats, threatens life and breaches international standards by condemning people to face further human rights violations in Libya', said the Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants, Felipe González Morales, and the Special Rapporteur on torture, Nils Melzer.
The Special Rapporteurs expressed concern that the European Commission was trying to move Europe’s borders to Libya. 'Libya simply cannot be regarded as a safe place to disembark and the EU policy is in denial of this fact', they said.
French President Emmanuel Macro hosted on 28 August 2017 a mini-summit comprising a number of African and European leaders to discuss ways of tackling migration flows heading to Europe from Africa and easing return procedures for migrants.The idea that enhanced border controls alone can halt flows of migrants across the Mediterranean is a dangerous fiction.
|Subject Categories||Justice and Home Affairs|
|Countries / Regions||Eastern Europe, Europe, Northern Africa, Southern Europe|