Renzi says EU needs strategy on migrants, not squabbles (2)

Premier says Italy not taking 'lectures from Commission'

(see related) (ANSA) - Accra, February 2 - Italian Premier Matteo Renzi told the Ghanaian parliament in Accra on Tuesday that the European Union needed to adopt a strategy to cope with the crisis it faces with asylum seekers and avoid unnecessary rows.
    "If we want to solve the problem of immigration, we need a long-term strategy, not petty squabbles," said Renzi, whose executive has been at odds with the European Commission over various issues in recent weeks. "The time when Europe told us what we should do is over.
    We give Brussels 20 million euros (a year) and we get back 11.
    We want to work, but we are not taking any lectures". Renzi has complained that the European Union left Italy alone for too long to cope with the Mediterranean migrant crisis and then added insult to injury by opening an infringement procedure against Rome for failing to comply with regulations on taking asylum seekers' fingerprints.


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