martedì 2 settembre 2014

Alfano says Germany supporting Frontex Plus

Interior minister says it is 'an important day'

(ANSA) - Berlin, September 2 - Interior Minister Angelino Alfano said Tuesday that Germany has thrown its support behind a beefed-up version of the Frontex border agency, dubbed 'Frontex Plus' to handle the migrant crisis that to date has fallen mostly on Italian shoulders. He spoke after a meeting with his German counterpart, Thomas de Maiziere. "This is an important day," said Alfano. "After the support of France, we also have the agreement of Germany," he added.

Frontex Plus, the EU-led migrant search-and-rescue programme, is to replace Italy's Mare Nostrum (Our Sea) operation in November. Mare Nostrum was established almost one year ago after the deaths of 400 migrants in two boat disasters in the seas off southern Italy. Hundreds of thousands of desperate people fleeing war in Africa and the Middle East have been attempting the dangerous crossing to Europe with Italy usually their first stop. 

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