Italy, France, Germany and Slovakia call for an European response on immigration emergency

Joint Statement of Cesena – Summit with French, Italian, Slovakian and German Minister for EU Affairs about the tragedy in the Mediterranean and a common European response:

The last tragic events in the Mediterranean, with the loss of hundreds of lives in shipwrecks of migrant boats, call for a strong and common reaction from Europe.

We express our sorrow for the loss of lives and call for a strong action to fight the criminal networks taking advantage of desperate people that want to reach Europe.

This tragedy concerns Europe as a whole and calls for a resolute European answer.

It shows the urgency to develop a common and coherent European migration policy, addressing issues of border control, stability and development of countries of origin and transit. These issues must be reflected in the new European Agenda for Migration.