EU pledges to help Italy after Lampedusa 'tragedy'
Council of Europe calls for more assistance for Rome03 October, 13:54
"The EU institutions express their sadness for what happened at Lampedusa," said European Regional Policy Commissioner Johannes Hahn.
"It's a real tragedy that involved children too. The EU has to see what it can do to help".
Italian politicians often complain that the EU does not provide Italy sufficient assistance with managing the waves of migrants who arrive from North Africa every year trying to start a better life in Europe.
Many migrants die attempting the hazardous crossing.
The Council of Europe, a pan-European human rights body, has called on Italy's neighbour states to provide more support. "The countries of the Council of Europe and the EU must show more solidarity with Italy and the other countries (facing the large-scale arrival of undocumented migrants)," the Council said in a statement on a report criticising Italy's migrant policies that ANSA saw in advance on Wednesday.