Visit of Angelino Alfano, Italian Minister for the Interior and President in office of the Council of the EU, to Cecilia Malmström: extracts from the joint press conference

Type: Press conference - summary   Référence: I092071   Durée: 00:01  Lieu: Brussels - EC/Berlaymont
On 27 August 2014, Cecilia Malmström, Member of the EC in charge of Home Affairs, and Angelino Alfano, Italian Minister for the Interior and President in office of the Council of the EU, gave a joint press conference on migration in the Mediterranean at the European Commsision in Brussels, Belgium. On this occasion, Cecilia Malmström thanked the Minister and the Italian government for the immense work they had done under the "Mare Nostrum" operation.

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00:00:05 Exterior view of the Berlaymont building in Brussels, Belgium 00:00:08
00:00:13 Arrival of Cecilia Malmström, Member of the EC in charge of Home Affairs, and Angelino Alfano, Italian Minister for the Interior, to the joint press briefing at the European Commission 00:00:07
00:00:20 Cutaway of a cameraman 00:00:07
00:00:27 Soundbite by Cecilia Malmström (in ENGLISH): We have discussed today the future of Mare Nostrum and on how to manage the migration on the Mediterranean and the European Commission will do its outmost to make sure that the whole EU, all the Member States will play an increased role in helping Italy to manage the migration issue in the Mediterranean. And that is why we have been working together intensely on a new Frontex operation which aim will be to increase the assistance to Italy. We have decided that the two ongoing Frontex operations Hermes and Aeneas will be merged and extended to new upgraded operation. 00:00:38
00:01:05 Cutaway of a cameraman 00:00:08
00:01:13 Soundbite by Cecilia Malmström (in ENGLISH): The aim is to put in place and enlarge, let's call it Frontex+ to complement what Italy has been doing. This operation should succeed and we hope that it can be in place end of November; it should count on more human and technical resources and more Member States participating. As you know, there are no European border guards, planes or ships so the success of this operation will depend on the contribution of EU Member States. 00:00:32
00:01:44 Cutaway of the audience 00:00:07
00:01:52 Soundbite by Cecilia Malmström (in ENGLISH): Frontex will need more money and we will explore internally in the European Commission of course how we can vacuum clean and reallocate within the Frontex budget but it is also necessary to find solutions for financing of the new Frontex operations and we will ask for increased money for the Frontex operation and I hope that Italy as the Presidency can do a good job here. 00:00:28
00:02:19 Cutaway of the speakers 00:00:02
00:02:22 Soundbite by Angelino Alfano (in ITALIAN) saying that it is a particularly important day for him, for Italy and for Europe. Why? Because a new operation is launched which sees Frontex to the forefront, and which becomes one of the main players in the Mediterranean and the Southern borders. Today, they see a new strength in play because this is a true emergency for Europe; today, Central Mediterranean is an emergency spot but when talking about borders, they know that tomorrow it can be another border that is particularly under pressure and therefore must be guarded more strongly. 00:00:41
00:03:03 Cutaway of a journalist taking some notes 00:00:05
00:03:07 Cutaway of the audience 00:00:04
00:03:11 Soundbite by Angelino Alfano (in ITALIAN) saying that other Member States can contribute and the Commissioner has already stressed this point and she will also be lobbying in their favour. They need to strengthen the Frontex budget and they are working on that with the EP. There also hope to see other contributions because they are thinking about today but they are also thinking about tomorrow so they hope that Member States will also provide assets, planes, and ships in order to guard European borders the best they can. 00:00:35
00:03:46 Cutaway of cameramen 00:00:06
00:03:52 Soundbite by Angelino Alfano (in ITALIAN) saying that another objective has been reached today and it is something which is particularly close to their hearts, ships and boats used by traffickers of human beings and by death merchants will be destroyed because they have evidence that in many cases they were reused. The European Commission has committed itself with them and they will be therefore helping Italy to dispose of these ships; unfortunately they cannot sink them in the Mediterranean because of European regulations in terms of pollution but they will recover these boats, take them to shore and destroy them with the contribution of the European Commission. 00:00:45
00:04:37 Speakers leaving the press room 00:00:13
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