EU Trust Fund for Africa: Can it be beneficial for Italy and tackle the migration crisis in the Mediterranean?

European Council, 19-20/10/2017
Jean-Claude Juncker, Donald Tusk
Date: 19/10/2017. © European Union, 2017. Source: EC – Audiovisual Service

It was last week when the EU leaders met in Brussels to discuss how to support Italy with managing the refugees’ crisis in the central Mediterranean. The increase of the financial aid in the Trust Fund for Africa is believed to be one of the main ways to deal with this long-lasting issue.

However, this solution was again discussed in the EU and African leaders’ meeting in France two months ago but nothing has been done since then. The president of the European Council mentioned though that tangible results will be shown in a few weeks.

The migration crisis still holds in the Mediterranean as the IOM reported last week that 148.882 migrants and refugees entered Europe in 2017 by sea with more than 75% arriving in Italy and the rest landing in Greece, Cyprus, and Spain.

EU invests in Africa Trust Fund

Donald Tusk mentioned during the summit that the EU plans to help Italy to reduce the migration burden across the Mediterranean. More specifically, the president of the EC said: “We have just concluded our discussion about migration and the need to help Italy manage the Central Mediterranean route. Leaders agreed to offer Prime Minister Gentiloni stronger support for Italy’s work with the Libyan authorities. We have a real chance of closing the Central Mediterranean route. That is why we decided that Member States will provide sufficient finances for the North Africa window of the Trust Fund for Africa, while the Commission ensures that this money is channeled to stem illegal migration”.

The president of the European Commission reassured that the EU trust fund for Africa will be financially reinforced and added that the Commission has invested 2.9 billion euros till now while the EU member states have provided 175 million euros in the fund. More in detail, Jean-Claude Juncker said: “We are reaching our limits to this emergency trust fund for Africa. If we do want to be as present as possible in Africa – mainly in the Northern part of Africa – we have to increase financial means”.

Italy still waits for support

The EU together with the African leaders had met in Paris on August 28 to discuss on the management of the influx of migrants through Libya and across the Mediterranean. During the summit, it was agreed to provide assistance to Chad and Niger to control their borders, financial support to develop the countries of origin of migrants and work towards stability in Libya.

In the meantime Italy has been waiting for assistance from the EU in order to deal with the migrants coming from the Mediterranean route. The Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni mentioned about the lack of help from the EU countries that: “I hope more offers will be forthcoming without the need to reiterate demands. The discussion is ongoing, but if I said it was near a solution, I would be lying”.

Migration crisis persists in the Mediterranean

IOM Rome reported last Thursday that 585 migrants were rescued in the Mediterranean on October 18 and will be brought to land in the next few days. IOM estimated that these rescues added to the 110.329 refugees arriving by sea to Italy this year while 2.783 people have died in their attempt to cross the Mediterranean in 2017.

Asylum rules reform

The European Parliament decided not to provide any financial aid to the EU countries that deny receiving asylum–seekers reaching the bloc. This action is showing that the EP clearly wants to decongest the Southern countries which are in bad condition as the current rules imply that the first country is responsible to deal with the asylum request.

The plan of the EU leaders is to meet again in December when they will discuss on how to reform the Dublin rules and finally conclude in the first half of 2018. Paolo Gentiloni spoke with Jean-Claude Juncker on the matter pointing about the need to change the rules in order for the migrants to apply for asylum in the first safe country. Thus, countries like Italy and Greece will be able to revive from the continuous migratory pressures.

All in all, the EU countries should focus more on solidarity apart from the financial aid in order to be able to create the necessary conditions to deal with the migration crisis which continues plaguing the bloc since 2015.

Advertising

the sting Milestone

Featured Stings

Can we feed everyone without unleashing disaster? Read on

These campaigners want to give a quarter of the UK back to nature

How to build a more resilient and inclusive global system

Stopping antimicrobial resistance would cost just USD 2 per person a year

A Europe that delivers: EU citizens expect more EU level action in future

‘This is a time for facts, not fear,’ says WHO chief as COVID-19 virus spreads

Alarm over violent attacks on lawmakers, opposition in Malawi, ahead of elections

WHO study reveals ‘game-changer’ drug with potential to save thousands of women’s lives in childbirth

The importance of exchanges for the medical students of the world

Open-plan offices make workers less collaborative, Harvard study finds

Youth unemployment: No light at the end of the tunnel

It’s people, not technology, that will decide the future of work

‘Nothing left to go back for’: UN News hears extraordinary stories of loss, and survival as Mozambique rebuilds from deadly cyclones

Here’s a reason to feel cheerful – the world is full of Good Samaritans

Europe split in confronting the US sanctions on Iran, Washington isolated

COP21 Breaking News_12 December: Another sleepless night for the negotiators before Indaba meeting

COP21 Breaking News_08 December: Global Business Community Comes to Paris with Solutions for Taking On the Climate Challenge Across the Board

What is carbon offsetting?

Why rich countries are seeing more poverty

How leaders can use ‘agile governance’ to drive tech and win trust

Britain offers more money for an orderly Brexit but the Irish question resurges

Climate change is exacerbating hunger in some of the world’s poorest countries. And those most at risk are the least to blame

One more country to test the EU project: Kaczynski’s Poland

Whale populations are slowly recovering – this is why

Germany tries to save Europe from war between Ukraine and Russia

OECD Donor countries need to reform development finance to meet 2030 pledge

Every year, South Korea comes to a standstill for an exam marathon

How I met the Panda Woman

Sherpa climbers carried out the highest-ever spring clean. This is what they found

Glaringly false reassurances about the repercussions of the EU-US free trade agreement

Hazy ‘breakthrough’ saves PM May, leaves Ireland in limbo: Brexit

One-sixth of the world’s economy has now pledged to cut CO2 to zero by 2050

Somalia’s population, international partners must be energized to sustain country’s ‘upward trajectory,’ says senior UN official

Hopes for Palestinian State hit by ‘facts on the ground’ : senior UN official

Canada needs to increase foreign aid flows in line with its renewed engagement

Germany caught with selfish double standards in euro area policy

Europe’s forests are booming. Here’s why.

China is winning the electric vehicle race

Here are five tips to make your message clear in a crowded world

Fear casts again a cold, ugly shadow over Europe; Turkey sides with Russia

Nigeria: UN chief ‘appalled’ by killing of aid worker; calls for release of remaining hostages

Belgium: Youth Forum takes legal step to ban unpaid internships

3 vital steps to a new gender equality playbook

African Peace Facility: African Union Peace & Security Operations boosted by an additional €800 million from the European Union

“The Sea is vast as it admits all rivers”, Ambassador Yang Yanyi of the Chinese Mission to EU gives her farewell address in Brussels

Protection of workers from biological agents: how to classify COVID-19

Northern Bahamas ravaged by ‘disaster of epic proportions’ as UN releases $1 million in emergency funds

This young scientist is tackling food insecurity for the world’s most vulnerable groups

Erasmus+ and its predecessors: a life-changing experience for 10 million young Europeans

UN spotlights wellbeing of seafarers on International Day

Plastic is a global problem. It’s also a global opportunity

These Indian fishermen take plastic out of the sea and use it to build roads

Anti-vaxxers are hurting vaccination campaigns. We need to fight back

UN chief calls for ‘increased commitment’ to resolution on 10th anniversary of Georgia conflict

The gateway to carbon pricing? Air pollution policy

Why the UN is investigating poverty in the United Kingdom

Here’s why infrastructure will make or break our response to climate change

The British are the most positive in Europe on the benefits of immigration

My experience living with depression and schizophrenia in Thailand

Continue reforms to make growth work for all in Spain

Are we at the edge of anti-vaccination health crisis?

A Sting Exclusive: EU Commissioner Mimica looks at how the private sector can better deliver for international development

COVID-19 poses a dramatic threat to life in conflict zones

How do we build a #sustainableworld?

More Stings?

Advertising

Speak your Mind Here

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s