Torchlight procession in memory of the victims of the Lampedusa shipwreck tragedy:
- statement by Martin SCHULZ, EP President
Lieu: Strasbourg, France - European Parliament
End production: 07/10/2013 First transmission: 07/10/2013
Today a group of Italian MEPs from several political groups have participated in a remembrance small ceremony at the courtyard of the European Parliament in Strasbourg. EP President Martin SCHULZ has joined the initiative and has declared: "We honour the victims. This tragedy by the coast of Italy is a disaster for all of us. MEPs represent the European people as a whole, it is therefore logical that the MEPs think today about two things: how to alleviate the suffering of the victims, and how to avoid this to happen again in the future".
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||Courtyard of the European Parliament, MEPs lighting candles in memory of the victims of the Lampedusa shipwreck tragedy.
||SOUNDBITE (Italian) David-Maria SASSOLI (S&D, IT) explains that they have decided that on the first day of the EP Plenary session, it is a good moment to remember the victims of the tragedy, increasing in number day by day.
||SOUNDBITE (Italian) Giovanni LA VIA (EPP, IT) on a message that goes beyond political views, which is a message for Europe to face this problem: "at this moment we want first to remember the victims, but also to look forward and make possible that Europe will provide with solutions for this, as it is not possible to deal with it on its own".
||Arrival of EP President Martin SCHULZ, he lights a candle and stands together with the MEPs in a minute of silence.
||SOUNDBITE (French) EP President Martin SCHULZ: "We honour the victims. This tragedy by the coast of Italy is a disaster for all of us. MEPs represent the European people as a whole, it is therefore logical that the MEPs think today about two things: how to alleviate the suffering of the victims, and how to avoid this to happen again in the future".
||SOUNDBITE (Italian) Roberta ANGELLILI (EPP, IT) Vice-President of the EP, asking the EU to help Italy as Italy cannot face on its own the humanitarian emergencies; on the need of a system of co responsibility at European level.
||SOUNDBITE (Italian) Giovanni PITELLA (S&D, IT) Vice-President of the EP: On the fact that 8 and 9 of October there will be an important meeting whether the legislation in place, from 2011, is going to be questioned, as the solidarity from other EU countries as Germany or France is not working when it come to help Italy or Greece or other countries which receive large number of immigrants.
||Cutaway on candle.