Infraction procedure on migrants would be unreasonable says Alfano

Minister says EU should give Italy a 'thank you'

(ANSA) - Rome, December 9 - Interior Minister Angelino Alfano said Wednesday that it would be "unreasonable" of the European Commission to open infraction proceedings against Italy for its handling of asylum seekers. The Commission is said to be set to open an infraction proceeding against Italy and other member States for failing to respect the rules on the collection of the finger prints of asylum seekers upon entry into Europe. "For the work we've done, the only thing we deserve from the EU is a thank you," Alfano said.
    "We hope that no infraction procedure is opened over the registration of migrants in Italy.
    "If this were to happen, it would be totally unreasonable and out of synch with the times and history". Italy and Greece have borne the brunt of the Mediterranean migrant crisis and Rome has repeatedly complained that it is not getting enough help from its EU partners.


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