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Mogherini on board the Cavour: we can be proud of the European reaction

MogheriniCavour@UE160415(BRUSSELS2) It was a necessary visit for the head of European diplomacy. A year after a shipwreck at sea which saw nearly 900 people lose their lives, on April 18, 2015, Federica Mogherini was on the Cavour, the (Italian) flagship of the European operation mounted, in a few weeks, to prevent brand new tragedy.

An operation set up in record time

« This is one of the stories of the European Union, of which we can be proud » underlined the High Representative of the EU in front of the multinational crew of the Cavour. “ We managed to set up the operation in a record time of one month. And we reached full operational capacity two months later. Since the beginning of October, we have been operating in international waters with a clear priority in mind: saving lives »

The priority to save lives

Lampedusa experienced many times tragedies like this. But this was the first time that the European Union reacted as such » she congratulated herself. Since then, 13.000 people have been saved, including 800 children. “ A year ago we had a feeling of shame, I am not afraid to use this word, we were ashamed of a Europe that was not able to save lives, Today we can be proud of a Europe that is capable of saving lives »


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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).