Immigration to be an issue during Italy’s semester as EU presidency

Undersecretary for European Affairs Sandro Gozi during the ANSA Forum

(ANSAmed) – ROME, MAY 19 – A key point on the agenda of the Italian semester of EU presidency will be the drive towards a joint immigration policy, Italy’s Undersecretary for European Affairs, Sandro Gozi, told a forum at ANSA.

“A common policy on immigration and asylum is necessary as well as to go from national policies to an increasingly joint system,” Gozi said. “This would help southern European countries, like Italy, and northern Europeans because the lack of a common policy means that many who arrive in southern Europe seek asylum in countries like Sweden.
“There is a need to develop a partnership, connecting economic cooperation to mobility policies, with southern Mediterranean countries. But this partnership only works if the EU forges it as an entity and not as single states.  It is a transnational theme and those thinking they can close down in their national short-sightedness and confront it alone are doomed to a grave failure.”

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Not sure what this “semester” business is.  The list here says Italy took their turn at the EU presidency in 2014.  Like any bureaucracy the EU is full of stuff like this.  See here for mumbo-jumbo about the ”semester.”

There is no doubt, however, about what he means.  He wants to keep the African boat people arriving, but send them on to northern Europe.