Migrants, Mattarella’s appeal to the EU: “We need mutual trust”

Each nation must make sacrifices to ensure that the common home of the European Union continues its “building” and does not remain an incomplete “building”. In the aftermath of the diplomatic crisis between Italy and France over the redistribution of migrants, Sergio Mattarella does not intervene on the merits, but dusts off some lines of behavior that formed the basis of the Maastricht Treaty, signed thirty years ago. And precisely from the room that welcomed the agreement, the Head of State reminds everyone of the responsibility of being the founding fathers of the Union, recalling that the agreement represented “a courageous leap in quality in the European construction, among all the elements the introduction of the concept of ‘European citizenship'”.

And again: “The nations that make up the Union live in the institutional and multicultural plurality of Europe, which recognizes them and knows how to value them. Of course, everything can be dismantled – as Brexit confirms – but we can really intend to propose to our peoples to a past that no longer exists?”, asks Colle’s tenant. A balanced speech, but with a little celebratory and very political flavor. Rome and Paris are two EU protagonists, linked by a long friendship and collaboration, but also by a balance that is never truly stable (the latter being the clash over the supervision of rights, invoked by the French following the victory of the center-right in elections). And it is still the migrants’ tug-of-war to keep the land, with cousins ​​from beyond the Alps who accuse the government of Giorgia Meloni of being “inhumane” and of having “broken trust” after having disrespected “the by which it committed itself “to the principles of solidarity and redistribution”. An issue that must be resolved between Palazzo Chigi and the Elysée, however Mattarella notes: “Understanding, increasing mutual trust between partners was (at the time of the Treaty of Maastricht) a patient and efficient work”. A lesson that must still apply today. The response to the migration challenge, he explains, “will only be successful if it is supported by the criteria of solidarity within the Union and cohesion in the external response and by a long-sighted policy, it is inappropriate to think that their attitude towards the Union – the impulse – will correspond to the degree of solidarity that is reserved for them and their migrants today”. plus the whole common international age and, precisely as far as we are concerned, the Union, to reach effective understandings that respect the rights of all. This is how a shared future is projected”.

Therefore, “punctual solutions” are not allowed, but “we need courageous and far-sighted choices today. To renounce them would mean escaping our responsibilities, resigning ourselves to irrelevance”. Europe, whose “fragility” was highlighted by the war in Ukraine, faces “dramatic challenges” such as the energy crisis, says Mattarella in front of teachers and students, so this is not the time “for hesitations or selfish choices. , the needs to be met are such that they require courage and determination. have already contributed to the fall in energy prices.” The president’s state visit to the Netherlands ends in the university city. The balance is certainly positive, even if attention remains high looking at the tension between Italy and France. And at the end of the interview with the students Mattarella also allows himself a joke about those who still question the European project: the downward curve, this is comforting”.

Source: IL Tempo