Here are the 10 points put forward by the European Commission and backed by EU foreign and interior ministers at a meeting in Luxembourg:
- The EU will reinforce the EU’s maritime patrolling operations in the Mediterranean, called Triton and Poseidon, by giving them more money and equipment. The EU will also extend their scope to patrol a wider area of sea.
- The bloc will make a systematic effort to capture and destroy vessels used by the people smugglers, using the EU’s counter-piracy “Atalanta” operation off Somalia as a model. EU officials said it would be a combined civilian and military operation but gave no more details.
- The EU’s law enforcement, border control, asylum and prosecutors’ agencies will meet regularly and work closely to gather information on how the smugglers operate, to trace their funds and help investigate them.
- The European Union’s asylum support office will to deploy teams in Italy and Greece for joint processing of asylum applications.
- EU governments will fingerprint all migrants.
- The EU will consider options for an “emergency relocation mechanism” for migrants.
- The European Commission will launch a voluntary pilot project on resettling refugees across the EU
- The EU will establish a new return programme for rapid return of “irregular” migrants co-ordinated by EU …read more