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‘Gregoretti’ migrants distributed between EU states

Italy Interior Minister Matteo Salvini would soon be giving the go-ahead to disembarking over 100 rescued migrants still on board the Gregoretti coast guard vessel, according to his Facebook page announcement.
The boat has been in the Augusta port since July 27.
Salvini made it clear that he would not let them disembark until an agreement for their distribution would be reached among the EU member-states.
In the coming hours I will authorise the disembarking because we are sure that the migrants will not be a burden on Italian citizens,” he said, explaining that “the problem has been resolved”.

“Germany, France, Ireland, Luxembourg, and Portugal will take them in, alongside several Italian facilities” run by the Catholic church.

The Siracusa prosecutor’s office opened an investigation into the case of the ship and the captain was reportedly questioned.

Italy cannot bear the arrival of more migrants. We have done our part and those migrants must go to Europe. However, our soldiers on that ship should not be treated like pirates,”  Labor and Industry Minister and 5-Star Movement (M5S) leader Luigi Di Maio said. “Full respect” should be shown, insisted, “for the forces of order, full respect for the police and full respect for our soldiers.

The European Commission performed a mediator role, collecting information from  member-states willing to accept the migrants. After the agreement has been reached 115 adults and 16 unaccompanied minors were allowed to disembark.

Italy keeps ‘jus soli’ for migrants children

Italian citizenship for immigrant children, known as ‘jus soli‘ (‘law of the soil’), “isn’t in the government’s contract” Premier Giuseppe Conte said, but added that he hoped for a “calm reflection” of the issue in “the appropriate fora“.

Deputy Premier Luigi Di Maio rejected the idea that the government would discuss jus soli. “It won’t be a measure that this government discusses, also because there’s already a law in Italy that regulates citizenship,” Di Maio said commenting on the suggestion of Conte.
The reflection hoped for by the premier is a personal feeling of his,Di Maio underlined.

At present a child born of an Italian parents receives Italian citizens by jus sanguinis, so does a child born in Italy of unknown or stateless parents under ‘jus soli‘, meaning Italy practices mixed system as many other EU states.

The jus sanguinis principle has positive influence on the prevention of statelessness: children born to European nationals anywhere in the world don’t run risks of being stateless.

The right to a nationality is not directly addressed in the European Convention on Human Rights, however the European Court (ECHR) uses the other tools to deal with the issue, as the right to respect for private and family life.

Citizenship is a serious thing and comes at the end of an integration path, it is not a ticket to the Luna Park”, Matteo Salvini said, facing a weighty problem of 600,000 foreigners who illegally remain in Italy. Pointing at this challenge, he rejected the attempts of center-left to reform the laws that regulate the Italian citizenship of the children of immigrants .

The European Convention on Nationality (ECN) indicates minimum standards for the protection of individual rights in the context of acquisition and loss of nationality.

While the ECN allows states to require that the children of immigrants in this case are residing lawfully on the territory of a state, but this condition is not regarded under the 1961 Convention, postulating the states need to grant nationality also to undocumented children born on their territory.

Iceland and Republic of Macedonia (Northern Macedonia) are European countries that have ratified the ECN without having ratified the 1961 Convention, and therefore on legal grounds require a residence permit of stateless children born on their territory before granting them access to nationality.

 

France-Italy diplomatic clash over Yellow Vests

President Emmanuel Macron’s government recalled France ambassador to Rome Christian Masset on February 7 in an unprecedented act since World War II , saying it had enough with “repeated, baseless” attacks by Italian political leaders against France.

The decision came after a meeting between Italy’s deputy prime minister and leaders of the French Yellow Vest movement who have been calling for President Macron’s resignation.

Luigi di Maio, Italy’s Deputy Prime Minister and leader of the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement welcomed the “winds of change across the Alps” yesterday on Twitter after meeting with Yellow Vest activists Cristophe Chalencon and Ingrid Levavasseur.

The vise-president of the European Parliament Fabio Castaldo has also taken part in the meeting. (Pictured below: first from right).

In a statement on the decision, France’s foreign ministry blamed Italian officials of making “outrageous statements” and “repeated, baseless attacks” for months.

The statement said the attacks were without precedent since World War II. “Having disagreements is one thing, but manipulating the relationship for electoral aims is another,” it said.

“All of these actions are creating a serious situation which is raising questions about the Italian government’s intentions towards France,” diplomats added, making clear that Paris is increasingly worried by Di Maio and Salvini’s vocal support for the anti-establishments protest movement.

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Ambassador Christian Masset (pictured above) arrived to Rome on 6 of December 2017.  As a carreer diplomat he previously served as an Ambassador to Japan, and held other prominent positions in Foreign Affairs Ministry working in Brussels, London, and Pretoria.

 

 

Sea-Watch3 migrants awaiting for solution

The NGO rescue vessel Sea-Watch 3, a German NGO under Dutch flag, remains stranded some 1.4 miles from the port of Syracuse as Italian authorities continue to refuse to allow disembarkation of the ship’s passengers.

In a statement, Sea Watch said that without a safe port for the “exhausted shipwrecked” migrants, the Sea-Watch 3 on 24th of January sought shelter to the east of the Sicilian coast.

The vessel has been allowed to enter Italian territorial waters due to bad weather, Italian coast guard sources said.
“… I sent a letter to the Dutch government in which the it is officially and formally tasked with dealing with this vessel, which flies the Dutch flag, and of the passengers on board,” Interior Minister Matteo Salvini   said.

Earlier fellow Minister of Industry Minister Luigi Di Maio said that he thinks the Dutch ambassador to Italy should be summoned over the ship.

The Netherlands has indicated a readiness to possibly take in a proportional number of migrants who are on board Sea-Watch 3, on condition that other European countries do the same,” said security and justice ministry spokesman Lennart Wegewijs. However, later Dutch changed their position, saying they don’t feel it is their responsibility.

It is the second time in a month Sea Watch has been stranded at sea with rescued migrants and no safe port. The last standoff ended after 19 days and an agreement among eight EU countries, including Italy, to take in the migrants.

The situation on board is critical,” said the International organization for Migration (IOM), the UN refugee Agency, UNHCR, as well as the children’s Fund, Unicef, on January 27.  In a joint statement by UN organizations demanded that the migrants sitting on the ship of the German aid organisation Sea Watch in front of Sicily, “shall immediately” go into Italy from the board. The international pressure on Italy is mounting, while no other EU country volunteers to accept the transported from Libyan costs migrants.

AMENDED: 31/01/2019

Di Maio for Europarliament Single Seat

Deputy Prime minister of Italy Luigi di Maio criticises the EU for squandering public money, while using two seats for the European Parliament in Brussels for groups and committees meetings, and in Strasbourg exclusively for the Plenary one week a month, while three weeks the building stays empty.

Till present around 1,5 million citizens singed a petition for Single seat, and the campaigners say that two thirds of MEPs support their demand. The Single Seat campaign is chaired by Anna Maria Corazza Bildt MEP (Moderaterna, Sweden), and 5 Vice-Chairs from the Parliament’s main political groups.

This Parliament has been voting across political and national boundaries, constantly regularly for a single seat of the European Parliament. We want to be able to decide when and where to meet. Chancellor Angela Merkel and Sebastian Kurz showed leadership last year and took a clear public position in favour of one location for the European Parliament” Anna Maria Corazza Bildt said, while debating in Strasbourg with Spanish Prime minister Pedro Sanchez on January 16 in the framework of the “Future of Europe” cycle.

single seatHowever successive French governments have declined the claim of the campaigners to give up Strasbourg, insisting the city is a symbol of the reunification of Europe after the World War II, and its status as the seat of the European Parliament is enshrined in the EU treaty. “It was not France that unilaterally decided to place the seat in Strasbourg. It is a symbol of the French-German reconciliation on which Europe is built,” insists MEP Anne Sander (EPP, France).

 

Tajani calls Commission to avoid offensive language

There are no “dictators” in Italy, European Parliament President Antonio Tajani pointed out, reacting upon European Economic Affairs Commissioner Pierre Moscovici offensive comments, naming politicians in Italian government “little Mussolinis“.

I don’t share the words of Commissioner Moscovici,” Tajani said.
The European Commission must not use offensive language towards member States.”
As an Italian I say there are no dictators in our country“.

Deputy Premier Matteo Salvini said previously Moscovici should “wash his mouth out” after the remark Deputy Premier and Labour and Industry Minister Luigi Di Maio said the remarks were “intolerable“.

Moscovici said that the rise of European “populists” showed that “today there is a climate that very much resembles the 1930s. Certainly, we must not exaggerate, clearly there isn’t Hitler, perhaps little Mussolinis“.

EU-Italy relations on the rocks over illegal migrants flows

The European Commission has not responded to Italy’s threat to withhold funding to the bloc next year unless other member states accept migrants currently held on a ship moored in Sicily.

Alexander Winterstein, a spokesman for the European Commisssion, said that EU”operates on rules, not threats,” and urged all parties involved to “work constructively together to find a solution for the persons on board in the spirit of good cooperation.”
Italian Coast Guard ship Ubaldo Diciotti picked up 190 migrants on August 15 from an overcrowded boat 17 miles from the island of Lampedusa after they were refused entry to Malta. Of those, 13 people suffering serious medical issues were taken to Lampedusa for treatment.
The Interior Ministry spokesman said that 27 unaccompanied minors were allowed to disembark, leaving 150 adult migrants stuck aboard the vessel, which has been docked in the port of Catania since August 20. Italian authorities cited “humanitarian reasons” for allowing the children to go ashore.
The Interior Ministry said that all those remaining on the ship are being supplied with food and medical aid and none are in critical condition so far.

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“If the European Union stubbornly continues to keep this attitude, if tomorrow nothing comes out from the European Commission, if they decide nothing regarding the Diciotti vessel, on the redistribution of the migrants, then I and all the 5 Star Movement will no longer be willing to give 20 billion each year to the European Union.”

 

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