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MEETING BETWEEN THE MINISTER FOR HOME AFFAIRS HON. ALFANO AND HIS MALTESE COUNTERPART HON. MALLIA (ROME, 22 NOVEMBER 2013) 

On Friday 22 November the deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Home Affairs Hon. Angelino Alfano received at the Viminale the Maltese Minister of Home Affairs and National Security Hon. Emmanuel Mallia
(link to: http://www.interno.gov.it/mininterno/site/it/sezioni/sala_stampa/notizie/2098_500_ministro/2013)

The meeting was a follow-up to the visit of the Italian Prime Minister to Valletta (10-11 November) during which the Hon. Letta and the Prime Minister Joseph Muscat laid down a common plan of action on immigration in view of the forthcoming decision-making appointments in Bruxelles (Council for Justice and Home Affairs and the European Council of December).

During the talks in which the Ambassador of Italy to Malta Giovanni Umberto De Vito also participated, the Hon. Alfano and the Hon. Mallia agreed that the phenomenon of migration in the central Mediterranean is a European concern to which the European Union must find a common solution. The two ministers reviewed the work of the “Task Force” on immigration and the operational priorities in that context (i.e. the reinforcement of Frontex, closer legal cooperation with the African countries, greater efficiency in those tasks aimed at protecting common borders). They agreed upon the need to work with the Libyan authorities, notwithstanding the present situation, to be better able to act against those criminal organisations involved in human trafficking.

In this regard the Minister Alfano reiterated the serious commitment of the Italian Government to combat illegal immigration and highlighted the fact that Italy took on particular responsibilities in this regard by launching the military-humanitarian operation “Mare Nostrum”. From his part Minister Mallia ensured that Malta will continue to work with Italy to build a broader political consensus in the European Union on the subject of migration and adopt sooner than later common initiatives.