More policies that regulate migration in the countries of southern Europe. This is the claim made by the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security, Josep Borrell, at the seventh regional forum of the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM).
“Our joint work goes through these two lines of action, favoring local development and controlling migratory flows, fighting against immigration, which I am not going to call illegal; because no human being is, but it is irregular, which creates deaths and generates a feeling of anguish, concern and fear in the receiving societies. It is the breeding ground for many political proposals that offer false solutions to real problems”, he explained.
Jordanian Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi has insisted on the same idea that the issue of migration cannot be addressed by closing borders, but rather by solving the crises that drive people out of their countries. “We cannot look at Syria and do nothing to resolve the crisis and then not expect people to look for a better life for their children. People are going to do what they do anywhere in the world, they are going to look for a better life.” .
Mediterranean agenda in the EU
Borrell wants the Union for the Mediterranean to move from commitments to actions. Spain has promised to put the Euro-Mediterranean agenda at the center of its six-month presidency of the European Council, starting with an EU summit with Mediterranean leaders.
This Friday the interior ministers of the European Union meet in an extraordinary Council to promote the negotiation of the migration pact in the face of the increase in irregular arrivals to European territory.
The Union for the Mediterranean aims to promote dialogue and cooperation among its member countries despite their economic and political differences. At the meeting it was announced that North Macedonia was its last member.
The forum signed an agreement to implement the Medusa submarine communications cable project between the countries of southern Europe (Portugal, Spain, France, Italy, Greece and Cyprus) and the countries of north Africa (Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia and Egypt).