Italian PM stresses need for a stable solution to manage migration flows

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte stressed on Tuesday the need for a stable solution to manage migration flows, including so-called secondary movements, based on real solidarity between member states.

He also asked for a new approach to Africa’s problems, through a partnership of equals.

Speaking before the European Parliament plenary in Strasbourg, on the future of Europe, Conte also said that there is a valuable opportunity to reverse the process of detachment between rulers and governed, which if fed could lead to the European project imploding. The prerequisite for relaunching it, are “solidarity and cohesion between the member states, he added.

Among the challenges to be tackled to galvanise the European integration process, Conte mentioned the need for a common EU seat in the UN Security Council, strengthening relations with the USA, a strong dialogue with Russia and China and the creation of a true European common defence.

As regards the economy he noted that overcoming austerity means balancing growth and stability and committing to the values of social solidarity and sustainable development.

He called for more investment in youth, education and innovation, and for priority to be given to employment and the creation of tools for growth.

He also said that the European Parliament should have more powers, including the right of inquiry and the right to initiate legislation, in order to restore Europe’s credibility in the eyes of its citizens.

Source: Cyprus News Agency