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Italy requests CSDP operation on illegal immigration

Castaways rescued in the Sicily Channel (Credit: Italian Navy)
Castaways rescued in the Sicily Channel (Credit: Italian Navy)

(BRUSSELS2) After the Lampedusa shipwreck, Italy is seeking support from the European Union to fight against human trafficking and illegal immigration.

Explore all possible options 

The Italian Ministers of Defense and Foreign Affairs, Mario Mauro and Emma Bonino, on Wednesday (30 October) asked the High Representative of the European Union, Catherine Ashton to explore all options for possible action by the 'European Union within the framework of the Common Security and Defense Policy'in order to fight against human trafficking and to discourage criminal organizations”, facilitating illegal immigration, according to our information. An action which is intended to be complementary to the action of Frontex and the operation Mare Nostrum conducted by the Italian Navy and Coast Guard.

A unanimous decision 

This subject could be put on the agenda of the next Council of Foreign Affairs and Defense Ministers of the European Union, on November 18 and 19.

A request examined with caution by the High Representative. As its spokesperson explains, the European Diplomatic Service (EEAS) “ works actively to evaluate possible actions in close collaboration with Member States. (And) any decision relating to a CSDP mission (must be) taken by the Member States unanimously. »  

The Italian ministers also ask the High Representative to include the fight against human trafficking in negotiations with countries of origin or transit, mainly in Africa. This issue could be put on the agenda of the next EU-Africa summit in spring 2014.

(Nicolas Gros-Verheyde & Loreline Merelle)

To follow, complete analysis on the Club: CSDP operation in the Mediterranean: three options under consideration

Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).

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