Tajani defends recent Italian-Albanian migration pact in Parliament

Tajani defends recent Italian-Albanian migration pact in Parliament
Tajani defends recent Italian-Albanian migration pact in Parliament

According to a report published this Tuesday on the digital site of the local information agency Italpress, the chancellor assured that his Government intends to present “in due time and quickly” before Parliament a ratification bill that also contains the rules and credits to apply that protocol.

The agreement, he assured, is based on the provisions of the Treaty of Friendship signed in 1995 between both nations, which provides in its article 19 for bilateral collaboration on migration matters and seeks “a different approach in the management of flows and a fight tenacious against human trafficking.”

Tajani described the pact, signed on November 7 between the Prime Minister, Giorgia Meloni; and his Albanian counterpart, Edi Rama, as an important piece in the Government’s global strategy, in a “context of growing instability, which risks increasing migratory flows and the odious market of traffickers.”

On November 15, the Association for Legal Studies on Immigration (ASGI), of Italy, emphasized that this Italian-Albanian agreement on immigration cooperation must be ratified by Parliament, in accordance with the provisions of the Constitution.

Through a statement, the ASGI questioned the argument of the Italian Government in relation to this recent memorandum of understanding, which considers it exempt from the need for legislation that authorizes its ratification, because it is framed in a previous Treaty of Friendship and Collaboration with the Republic. from Albania.

This pact contemplates the processing of the asylum application of migrants rescued in the Mediterranean Sea by Italian ships, in two centers in northern Albania.

The structures would be built, financed and operated by Italy, under its jurisdiction, and would be completely closed, guarded by the Italian authorities and also by the Albanian Police abroad.

They will be able to hold up to three thousand people at a time, with a maximum of 36 thousand over the course of a year, and when a decision is made on the people’s request, if it is denied, Italy will retain all responsibility for a possible extradition.

The leader of the opposition Democratic Party, Elly Schlein, expressed that this pact “seems an open violation of the norms of international law and European law,” and pointed out the need to carefully examine its protocol.


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