Sicily blows EU funds on local festivals.

EU officials have said that the Sicilian regional government have frittered away 70 million euros of EU funds on local religious festivals, including the carnival of Termini Imerese and the carnival of Sciacca, the feast of St. Agatha in Catania, and a live nativity scene in Agrigento.      According to Il Fatto Quotidiano, these are just some of the […]

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Progress on migrant relocation as naval mission launched

A draft accord from the European Union would relocate 40,000 refugees “in clear need of international protection” and who are at present in Greece and Italy, according to a draft document obtained by ANSA Monday. EU members were expected to agree on the “temporary and exceptional” relocation to other European countries “by the end of July”, according to the draft. […]

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Renzi says EU migrant plan insufficient

The European Union’s plan to address the Mediterranean migrant crisis and settlement of asylum seekers is “insufficient”, Premier Matteo Renzi warned Monday even as he faced a parallel controversy surrounding relocating newcomers within Italy. “We have to acknowledge that the current situation is not working,” Renzi told a press conference at the end of the G7 summit where migrant issues, […]

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EU approves Agenda on Migration. Italy has already exceeded its quota says Mogherini

The EU College of Commissioners on Wednesday adopted the European Agenda on Migration, which includes a proposed scheme for settling in Europe 20,000 asylum seekers coming from refugee camps in third countries. Italy’s quota will be 9.94%, EU sources said. As well, the Agenda calls for a redistribution of asylum seekers already present in Europe. Italy will be assigned 11.84% […]

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Mediterranean migrant crisis. EU leaders triple rescue mission funds

European Council President Donald Tusk said EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini had been tasked to “propose action in order to capture and destroy the smugglers’ vessels before they can be used.” Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi added that leaders from France and Britain – both permanent members of the UN Security Council – had “committed to get a resolution from […]

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EU mulls trafficker military action against traffickers

The European Union is mulling a “military operation” targeting human traffickers in the Mediterranean in the wake of last weekend’s migrant-boat disaster in which hundreds died, European Commission Spokesperson Natasha Bertaud said Tuesday. The European Commission presented a 10-point plan Monday including destroying smugglers’ boats on the Libyan coast. This is also part of a five-point Italian plan unveiled Tuesday […]

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