Council Priorities after Mediterranean tragedy
In the aftermath of the dramatic events that again took place in the Mediterranean, Heads of State, Ministers, EU Parliament and other institutions met at haste to discuss what response to give. Council President Donald Tusk announced the first requirement will be “to capture and destroy the smugglers’ vessels before they can be used”, working through Europol, and by deploying immigration officers to third countries. Secondly, he declared Triton resources would be tripled. Thirdly, that in order to limit irregular migration flows and discourage people from putting their lives at risk, co-operation must be increased with the countries of origin and transit, especially the countries around Libya. Finally, that more needs to be done regarding refugee protection. This statement and its measures was criticised, namely by EUCIS-LLL member SOLIDAR, as undermining European values.