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Disembarkation scheme - Member States asked to agree to allow landings by "private rescue vessels in the closest safe harbour"

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This is a France-Germany proposal which is not supported by Italy.

raft Note on: Commitments by Member States for predictable temporary disembarkation scheme (pdf) proposes to set up:

"a more predictable and efficient temporary mechanism in order to ensure swift and dignified disembarkation of migrants rescued at sea by private vessels in closest safe harbour."

The Note states that the ad hoc relocation scheme put in place in 2018 was "useful":

"at the time recognising that it has not been fully satisfactory since only a few EU Member States have engaged in this mechanism."

The new proposed mechanism would operate until October 2019 or until end of 2019. Members States would in:

"every single case"

contribute to the:

"reception of asylum seekers rescued at high seas by private rescue vessels."

See also: Italy objects to Franco-German insistence on “closest port” principle (New Europe, link):

"Italy is opposing the Franco-German insistence on the principle of the “nearest landing port.”

As a mini-summit of EU interior and justice ministers in Helsinki on Thursday, Matteo Salvini told his counterparts that Italy opposes that the nearest country must take the migrants. The Italian interior minister was backed by Malta."

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