Share migrant burden – Italy
ROME: Deputy Prime Minister Luigi Di Maio says Italy will take a “hard line” with the European Commission at a meeting in Brussels to distribute migrants being held on a coast guard ship in Sicily, and he repeated a threat to suspend EU funds over the case.
Envoys from about a dozen member states were meeting yesterday to discuss disembarkation from the ship. They include Italy, Malta, Greece, Spain, Germany, France and Austria.
Di Maio first made his threat to withhold the funds on Thursday.
About 150 adult migrants are still on the ship, which docked in Catania on Monday. Italy is insisting that other EU countries share the burden of taking the migrants. – Reuters