World Bulletin/News Desk
Illegal migration and youth unemployment will be high on the agenda of Greece and Italy during their EU presidency in 2014.
Speaking in a joint press conference after meeting with Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras, Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta stated they will have the problem on the agenda on the EU summit on October 24 and 25.
Letta reminded the ceremony held for the 366 illegal immigrants, who died on October 3 off the southern Italian island of Lampedusa.
A state ceremony was held for the 366 immigrants, who were killed when a boat carrying as many as 500 illegal migrants sank off Lampedusa on October 3. Italian Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister Angelino Alfano, Defense Minister Mario Mauro and the Minister of Integration Cecile Kyenge attended the ceremony.
Illegal migration can not be handled superficially during EU Summit. It would be unacceptable to discuss this issue in a general way, Letta said.
Noting that EU border security agency Frontex must be strenghtened and the border security system Eurosur will be started as soon as possible, Letta stressed they would not accept the "half and insufficient answers" of Libya, the point of departure of illegal immigrants in Africa.
Besides, Samaras stated that "Europe should not be divided" over the illegal migrant issue and added their European partners' awareness must be raised over the issue.
On the other hand, Samaras paid a visit to Malta, another Mediterranean country suffering from illegal migration, where he met his Maltese counterpart Joseph Muscat.
After the meeting, Muscat underlined that Italy, Greece and Malta were about to set up a joint front within the EU regarding the illegal migration issue.Last Mod: 22 Ekim 2013, 11:32