Malmstrom pledges EU help for ship disaster
EU commissioner says Italy receives most funds for migration04 October, 13:19
Malmstrom, European Commissioner for Home Affairs and Immigration, said Europe "must show solidarity in a concrete way," following Thursday's wreck that claimed some 300 lives.
"We are ready to examine with the Italian authorities other forms of assistance and support may be needed," said the commissioner.
That also means a crackdown on human traffickers that contribute to such tragedies.
"We must redouble our efforts to combat the criminals who exploit human desperation human".
Malmstrom noted that Italy already received 367 million euros in 2010-2013 budgets to assist with migration flows, which so often come up from North Africa through Italy's southern most ports, including the island of Lampedusa.
Malmstrom, who said she will travel to Lampedusa to see the crisis first-hand, also plans to discuss the issue next Tuesday with Italy's cabinet.
As well, she said, the European Border Surveillance System (Eurosur) for sharing information and co-ordination between member states is expected to become operational by year-end to better track and rescue small vessels.