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CEI: parliamentary delegations, focus on migration in 2016

Serracchiani, CEI member countries play a key role

09 November, 17:04
(ANSA) - TRIESTE, NOV. 9 - National delegations to the Centre European Initiative (CEI) will have to make a commitment to study the migration issue in depth. Sen. Lodovico Sonego, head of the Italian parliamentary delegation to the CEI, launched this proposal today in Trieste, during the meeting of the Political and Business Committees. Sonego announced he will submit the issue to both the outgoing president of he CEI (Macedonian) and the incoming president (Bosnian). ''It might be useful - he said - to study the issue in depth. I am aware that there will be a strong commitment of national governments, but I am convinced that a commitment of the Parliamentary Dimension could be important'', he concluded. These meetings have been promoted today in preparation for the CEI Parliamentary Dimension plenary session, to be held in December in Skopje (Macedonia). ''In recent times - Sonego added - there is a common opinon among the general public in Europe that the Western Balkans are a closed case. It 'a mistake. Those countries and those communities regard themselves as European, and wish to be members of the European institutions. They have made great efforts in becoming member countries and should be encouraged and supported by the Community institutions to take the steps on the path to join the EU''. Sonego stressed that ''as for Serbia, the access negotiation should begin without delay'', and that the meeting in Skopje ''should assess the possibility that the three Baltic republics could enter the CEI; moreover, we should look more carefully to Turkey''. Under-Secretary for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Benedetto Della Vedova, along with the President of the Autonomous Region of Friuli Venezia Giulia, Debora Serracchiani, attended the meeting by video link. ''Everyone can see that the Central European Initiative can do a gret job to tackle the migration issue'', Serracchiani said. ''CEI member countries - she added - rightfully belong to the major European strategies and macro-regions, such as the Alpine macro-region and the Adriatic Ionian Initiative''. She concluded that ''dealing with the migration issue is not a matter of quotas, but of planning actions in all countries involved in health monitoring and in harmonising different ways of managing internal affairs''. (ANSA).

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