Federal Minister of the Interior Horst Seehofer on Tuesday considered it “shameful” that the European Union cannot make any arrangements to act jointly and in solidarity with the reception of migrants who are rescued on the high seas if they try to cross the Mediterranean or border those who come to European soil in irregular ways in search of international protection.
“I find it rather shameful that an international community like the EU cannot find an agreement,” said the minister, whose country will take over the current EU presidency in July this year, at the beginning of an informal meeting with his colleagues from the interior of the country other Member States.
At the meeting, which takes place electronically, ministers plan to discuss, among other things, the rescue of migrants on the high seas and the need to assist the countries closest to these bailouts, such as Malta and Italy, in distributing the burden of reception.
One of the challenges for the German EU Presidency is to advance negotiations on the reform of the common asylum policy, which has been blocked for years by the strong discrepancies between the member states regarding the responsibility of each individual to receive migrants. Arrival in the EU.