EU mobilises €10 million to help Tunisia fight irregular migration
17/08/2020 19:40, TUNIS/Tunisia

(TAP)-The European Union (EU) has mobilised an amount of 10 million euros (32 million dinars) to help Tunisia acquire coastguard patrol boats and equipment needed to combat irregular emigration.

Speaking to the media, European Commissioner for Home Affairs Ylva Johansson said that the mobilisation of funds is aimed at combating trafficking in human beings, in allusion to the networks of smugglers active in the field of illegal migration.

"The EU will provide Tunisia with all the support it needs to undertake strategic economic reforms," she promised.

For her part, Italian Interior Minister Luciana Lamorgese considered the establishment of a security approach to combating irregular migration to be "insufficient", saying that Tunisia deserves all the support it can get in order to carry out its development plan.

Earlier in the day, Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio warned that migrants arriving in Italy irregularly "will be repatriated", reaffirming his country's readiness to continue supporting Tunisia.

A tripartite Tunisia-Italy-Europe working session took place on Monday at the Carthage Palace, chaired by President Kais Saied. It was devoted in particular to the examination of the migration issue.

The Euro-Italian delegation included, in addition to the Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs and the European Commissioner for Neighborhood Policy and Enlargement, the Italian Minister of the Interior Luciana Lamorgese, and the European Commissioner for Home Affairs, Ylva Johansson.

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