BRUSSELS (AA) – The European Commission has disclosed a new action plan to address the growing flow of irregular migration via the Central Mediterranean route.
The plan consists of 20 measures under three main pillars aiming to boost cooperation with international organizations and partner countries, better coordinate on search and rescue efforts, and strengthen the implementation of the bloc’s Voluntary Solidarity Mechanism.
Under the first pillar, the bloc seeks to cooperate more with Egypt, Tunisia, and Libya on strengthening their border management capabilities and to secure an agreement between Tripoli and the European Border and Coast Guard Agency (Frontex).
The second is aimed to prevent loss of life as well as tensions that have emerged between EU member countries on the operation of migrant rescue ships.
The third pillar’s aim is to streamline the working of the Voluntary Solidarity Mechanism so migrants have better access to assistance in the EU.
Home Affairs Commissioner Ylva Johansson announced the plan at a press conference in Brussels ahead of an emergency meeting of EU interior ministers on Friday.
Johansson also underlined the importance of cooperating with non-EU countries in the region and international organizations to curb the migration flow.