Source: European Parliament
Regarding the Commission’s response to Written Question P-001400/2019, it is good to know that it considers that ‘it is important to ensure that persons in distress at sea receive assistance and are disembarked safely and quickly at the closest safe port of disembarkation, in line with international law’.
Therefore, does the Commission consider ports located in Libya to be safe for disembarking people rescued at sea, including potential asylum-seekers?
Moreover, it failed to answer the question on whether the Italian and Maltese authorities comply with international and EU law when they refuse to disembark people who have been rescued in the Central Mediterranean?
Once again, we call for a clear answer: does the Commission consider such refusals to disembark people who have been rescued at sea in Italian and Maltese ports to be consistent with international and EU law?