Today, at an EU meeting in Malta, the interior ministers of Malta, Finland, France, Germany and Italy agreed on an intermediate solution for the reception and distribution of people rescued in the Mediterranean Sea. Finally, there will be a voluntary emergency mechanism. The exact results have yet to be presented. For the SEEBRÜCKE, however, it is already clear:
This is a too small step in the right direction. We will continue to take to the streets until there is a fundamental solution and no one dies in the Mediterranean. Much remains to be done: Europe’s states must take responsibility with state sea rescue, stop the life-threatening returns to Libya immediately and stop supporting and training the so-called Libyan coastguard. The interior ministers have not found a solution for all these tasks today.
Read the complete statement from Seebrücke, Sea-Watch, Jugend Rettet, sea-eye, Open Arms, Mediterranea and borderline-europe here.