Following last week's tragic events that claimed the life of hundreds of migrants, the European Council called a special meeting on Thursday 23 April to discuss how to bring relief to the crisis situation in the Mediterranean. EU leaders have agreed to triple the resources available to Triton border mission. They have also pledged considerable concrete support, including many more vessels, aircraft, experts. Next step for action is the European Agenda for Migration in mid-May, that will develop a more systemic and geographically comprehensive approach to migration.
At a joint meeting of Foreign and Interior Ministers, chaired by High Representative / Vice-President Federica Mogherini and held in Luxembourg, Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship Commissioner Avramopoulos presented a 10 point plan of the immediate actions to be taken in response to the crisis situation in the Mediterranean. The plan received the full backing of Foreign and Interior Ministers.
Date: Tuesday 12 May
Venue: Institute for European Studies, University of Malta
Date: Friday 27 March
Venue: Europe House, Valletta