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Tajani: “We can’t stop migration”

“Until 2016, 90% of irregular migrants travelled through the Niger to Libya and Europe. In just 2 years, Niger reduced migration flows by 95%, from over 300,000 to about 10,000 in 2018. We need to support this model and extend it to other Sahel countries following the example with Turkey, where we committed 6 billion euros to close the so-called ‘Balkan route’, ” declared European Parliament President Antonio Tajani, at the end of his official visit to Niamey in Niger where he headed a mission of entrepreneurs, researchers, and representatives of international organisations.

“Together with effective control of external borders, the migration crisis must be tackled at source, with investments and economic partnerships triggering economic development and opportunities for young Africans. I am convinced that the mission of economic and technological diplomacy that accompanied me here is a first step to attracting European investment and technology transfers to Niger, “ added Tajani.

President Tajani also underlined the need for a common and strategic European approach to relations with African countries and in particular those in the Sahel region (in addition to Niger, Burkina Faso, Mali, Mauritania and Chad): “Irregular migration and Africa’s growth require a European-level strategy. Any solution taken at national level ends up being temporary, isolated and ineffective. We need a medium to long term vision, with a real ‘Marshall Plan’ capable of mobilizing large-scale public and private investments in the African continent. In this sense, the collaboration with Niger has been extraordinary and represents a model for many other African countries “.

The President of the European Parliament also visited a refugee reception center run by the UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) attended by persons evacuated to Niger from Libya. At the center, Tajani expressed his commitment to strengthen the fight against the traffickers who perpetrate unspeakable violence and torture to men, women and children: “These young Somali and Eritrean women refugees told me about the horrible violence they suffered in the Libyan camps. They have been saved thanks to the work of UNHCR and the EU. Their agony drives us to up the fight against the traffickers”.

President Tajani was received in Niamey by the President of Niger Mahamadou Issoufou, the President of the Nigerian National Assembly Ousseini Tini, and Prime Minister Brigi Rafini. Tajani had meetings and talks with the Presidents of the National Assemblies of the G5 Sahel countries and with the Secretary General of the Community of the 29 States of Sahel and Sahara (CEN-SAD), Ibrahim Sani Abani.

Tajani also stressed the importance of starting a process of democratization in Libya with the aim of stabilizing the entire region: “Apart from Niger, Chad, Burkina Faso, Mali and Mauritania are also our key partners to reach a solution to the Libyan crisis. Consequently, I invited representatives from these countries to participate in the conference in support of the organization of democratic elections in Libya that the European Parliament will organize in Brussels on 10 October, ” Tajani announced.

During his visit, the President of the European Parliament also undertook to strengthen the Erasmus + programme for Nigerian students and to conduct further joint initiatives in the strategic sectors of renewable energy, agriculture, water management and digital.

 

Mandela remembrance in European Parliament

European Parliament President Antonio Tajani remembered Nelson Mandela on the 100th anniversary of his birth. A concert took place on 11 July in honour of Nelson Mandela in the European Parliament’s Yehudi Menuhin Hall, with the South African mission and in the presence of Mr Mandela’s widow, Graça Machel.

“Today, the European Parliament celebrates the incredible legacy of Nelson Mandela, the first recipient of the Sakharov Prize in 1988. He is the symbol of the fight for freedom, non-violence and reconciliation” Tajani said in is address.

President Lourenço calls for closer EU-Angola cooperation

EU-Angola relations and cooperation, development, migration and promoting stability, growth and jobs in the African continent were among the issues addressed during Mr João Lourenço’s first official visit to the European Parliament.

The President of Angola stressed the need to address common challenges together, such as migration, calling for a closer cooperation to help African countries to develop, create jobs and business opportunities.

Angola is determined in enhancing democracy, to opening up to the world and investments, Mr Lourenço said. Africa and Europe will only have to gain if African people can stay, live and work in their continent, he told MEPs.

The EU must strengthen its action in Angola and, more in general, in Africa,’’ said European Parliament President, Antonio Tajani, following the meeting with the President of Angola. Mr Tajani reiterated the need for a comprehensive Marshall Plan for Africa to help mobilise investments.

‘…At the end of his European Parliament speech, while President Joao Lourenço, of Angola, was leaving EP plenary, I managed to greet him and to ask him this question about Rafael Marques de Morais, and the corrupt ex-Prosecutor. He smiled and shrugged…” – wrote in her Twitter microblog Portugese Socialist MEP Ana Gomes.

 

Tajani insists on Marshall plan for Africa

European Parliament president Antonio Tajani insists on work with African partners to address the root causes of migration flows. Tajani also continues to promote a “true Marshall Plan”  to be part of the next EU budget in order to attract investment, infrastructure and to develop an industrial base while creating hope and prospects for the next generations of Africans. However he admits that only ensuring secure external EU borders one can keep Schengen legislation alive. Tajani also looks forward working with Austrian presidency of EU on challenges of migration from Africa. (Image: EP president Antonio Tajani – right, and Austrian chancellor Sebastian Kurz – left).

Europarliament to celebrate Mandela anniversary

President Tajani remembers Nelson Mandela on the 100th anniversary of his birth, at the opening of the session in Strasbourg.. A concert will take place on 11 July in honour of Nelson Mandela in the European Parliament’s Yehudi Menuhin Hall (Brussels), with the South African mission and in the presence of Mr Mandela’s widow, Graça Machel.

Tajani condolences to Mubi bombing victims

The European Parliament president Antonio Tajani send his condolences to families of victims of a Mosque attack in Nigeria. Already 60 people have been reported dead; and dozens of  injured following an explosion in a mosque in Mubi, Adamawa State, North-east Nigeria. The blast occurred Tuesday (1/05/2018) afternoon while worshippers were holding Zuhr prayer.

The locals strongly suspect Boko Haram behind the attack.

Abdullahi Yerima, police commissioner in Adamawa state, said a suicide bomber had struck at the mosque shortly after 1 p.m. (1200 UTC) and a second attacker detonated a device about 200 meters (660 feet) away as worshippers fled. Bomb squads and security personnel have cordoned off the scene.

 

 

 

 

Tajani promotes Marshall plan for Africa

The president of the European Parliament  Antonio Tajani stressed the need for an EU strategy of migration management at the start of a European Council (22-23 March) summit.

 ”If we fail to come up with an EU strategy, we will continue to play into the hands of the populists” – Tajani said.

President Tajani informed EU heads of government that citizens have been waiting “for too long” answers to the problem of  migration management.. He suggested that the efforts used to close the Balkan route should also be applied to other Mediterranean routes.

The tragedy of the 18-year old girl murdered by a gang of Nigerians aggravated the issue of migrants in Italy, and, according to Tajani, dominated the headlines, influencing the outcome of the general elections.  ”If we fail to come up with an EU strategy, we will continue to play into the hands of the populists” – Tajani added.

Putting forward the asylum reform proposal, adopted in November 2017 by the European Parliament,  Tajani requested the EU leaders to act without delay, even with qualified majority, in case the consensus can not be reached.

The European Parliament calls for Marshall Plan for Africa to give hope to millions of Africans to create new opportunities.

The President called on the Council to act on plans for asylum reform, more resources for Frontex, more reception centres, as well as more investment in Tunisia, Morocco, Niger, Mali, Chad and Libya to improve border controls and combat people traffickers.

Tajani called for closer cooperation with the UN in issues of asylum seekers and returns.

 

 

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