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DThe Italian center-right coalition led by Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni welcomes the adoption of the stricter EU asylum guidelines by the European Parliament and largely claims the success of the reform for itself.

Matthias Rüb

Political correspondent for Italy, the Vatican, Albania and Malta primarily based in Rome.

An announcement from Interior Minister Matteo Piantedosi mentioned: “Thanks to our negotiating skills, we have managed within a year and a half to put migration policy back at the center of the European agenda and to find the best possible compromise together with our EU partners.”

The new guidelines “take full account of Italy’s interests, ensure safer external borders, rapid and efficient asylum procedures, faster deportations and greater solidarity between the Union and the countries at the EU’s external borders”. Piantedosi is non-party, however was entrusted with the inside portfolio by Meloni in October 2022 on the suggestion of the right-wing nationwide celebration Lega led by Transport Minister Matteo Salvini.

The Lega voted no

Foreign Minister Antonio Tajani, chief of the Christian Democratic Forza Italia, described the compromise as an “important step” and in addition highlighted the essential position of Italy and the European People's Party (EPP) in bringing it about. In the vote within the European Parliament, each the MPs from the right-wing conservative Brothers of Italy celebration, led by Meloni, and people from Forza Italia, which belongs to the EPP celebration household, voted for the brand new guidelines.

The MPs from Salvini's Lega celebration, the second strongest celebration within the coalition in Rome, voted no within the vote on Wednesday. An announcement from the celebration speaks of a “disappointing proposal” that “does not solve the problem of illegal migration flows in any way and once again leaves Italy alone.” The celebration “proposed sensible solutions” within the EU Parliament to cease the circulation of refugees in cooperation with the nations of origin, however was unable to prevail. In Rome, it’s not anticipated that the Lega's totally different voting habits could have any important impression on cooperation within the coalition.

Prime Minister Meloni and Interior Minister Piantedosi wish to journey to Tunis once more on Wednesday to speak to the Tunisian management about additional steps in implementing the declaration of intent with the EU to fight unlawful migration signed on July 16. From his “quick visit” to Tunisia, Meloni will fly on to Brussels for the extraordinary assembly of the European Council on April seventeenth and 18th.

According to the Italian coast guard on Thursday, 9 individuals, together with a toddler, died on the migration route throughout the Mediterranean early on Wednesday morning when a ship with round 4 dozen migrants on board capsized in worldwide waters round 30 nautical miles southeast of the island of Lampedusa. 23 individuals have been rescued. According to the authorities, round 15 persons are nonetheless lacking and there’s little hope of survival.

Lampedusa's reception heart is overcrowded

The rescue of the migrants and the seek for the lacking individuals have been made tough by heavy seas with waves as much as two and a half meters excessive. According to the data, the boat set out from the Tunisian port metropolis of Sfax on the harmful journey to Europe. The boat migrants got here from Guinea, Burkina Faso, Mali and Ivory Coast.

In one other rescue operation, a coast guard ship was capable of take 37 migrants on board from a seven-meter-long wood boat in heavy seas off the coast of Lampedusa and produce them safely to shore. The reception heart on the island, Italy's southernmost outpost within the Mediterranean, is overcrowded. According to the Interior Ministry in Rome, round 15,800 migrant arrivals have been registered in Italy as of April tenth. In the identical interval final yr there have been round 31,100 and in 2022 there have been a very good 7,900.