Italy, France, Germany, Malta to strike migrant distribution deal
IA view of Spanish humanitarian ship Open Arms, with 147 migrants on board, in the immediate vicinity of Lampedusa, southern Italy, 15 August 2019. EPA-EFE/FILE/ELIO DESIDERIO
Rome (EFE-EPA).- The Interior Ministers of France, Germany, Italy and Malta are hoping to strike a deal to distribute and settle refugees who reach European shores at a meeting in the Maltese capital.
The Monday meeting is the first formal attempt to find a shared solution to the migration crisis in the Mediterranean sea.
The gathering will be Italy's Interior Minister, Luciano Lamorgese's European debut after he replaced far-right Matteo Salvini, leader of the Northern League.
The micro-summit will be supervised by Finland, which currently occupies the presidency of the European Union (EU), and it is expected that a first agreement will be reached between these four countries.
The EU member states in attendance have all expressed their support in favor of a shared and automatic mechanism for relocating migrants that land in Italy or Malta after being rescued in the central Mediterranean.
Representatives of the European Commission will also be present with the participation of several countries that are willing to take on a share of migrants, such as Ireland, Portugal and Luxembourg.