Today the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Luigi di Maio, received the Vice President of the European Commission, Margaritis Schinas, at the Farnesina.
During their meeting Minister Di Maio stressed the need to put the migration issue at the heart of the European political debate, with particular reference to the question of solidarity with Member States of first entry, and in view of the European Council on 24-25 June.
The need for a common approach at EU level on the sharing of responsibilities - added Minister Di Maio - is made all the more urgent by the current phase of increased migratory pressure in the Central Mediterranean.
In the framework of the new proposals on the new Pact on Migration and Asylum, Minister Di Maio reiterated Italy's constructive approach to the negotiations, underlining the importance of reaching permanent and effective forms of solidarity centred on redistribution mechanisms for managing arrivals.
Pending adoption of the new Pact, Di Maio recalled the importance of reactivating temporary redistribution mechanisms similar to those sanctioned by the 2019 Malta Declaration, referencing the fundamental role that the European Commission can play in supporting Member States who adhere to it.
Finally, in relation to the external dimension of migration, Minister di Maio confirmed Italy's support for strengthening collaboration with countries of origin and transit, establishing targeted and advantageous partnerships at EU level that enable concrete progress to be made towards a European return policy.