CDM in Cutro, Meloni defends the government: the global hunt for traffickers begins

The Council of Ministers meeting called in Cutro to give “a symbolic and concrete signal” after the massacre of migrants on the coast of Calabria ends with a legislative decree on migrants unanimously approved and a press conference in which Giorgia Meloni turns out to be pressured several times by journalists on the reenactment of the events of the sinking of February 26th.

In the cloister of the Paços do Concelho, questions to the Prime Minister follow one another, in an atmosphere that is sometimes tense. At the end, it is questioned why a stop was not organized in Crotone to meet the families of the victims. Meloni justifies himself, “we’re done”, he explains that the government has been working “to put them in hotels, to give them a dignified condition”, but the reporters are increasing the pressure. “Is the missed visit just a matter of time?” they ask: “no, no, I’m happy to go”, replies the Fdi leader, leaving Cutro. Shortly afterwards, a note from the prime minister announced that Meloni would invite “in the next few hours the families of the victims of the Cutro tragedy to Palazzo Chigi”.

Meloni, welcomed in the armored country by the forces of order with applause, but also by the throwing of teddy bears in protest by some demonstrators, at the end of the trip makes a point of emphasizing that “it is the first time that a CDM takes place in the place where it took place a tragedy linked to the issue of migration. Our task is to find solutions to the problems”. That’s why, he explains, “we launched a decree that deals with this matter and we did it to reaffirm that we are determined to defeat human trafficking. Our response to what happened is a firmer policy on the issue.” In summary, if anyone thinks that due to the events of Cutro “we are changing lines, they are very mistaken. We will do whatever it takes to fight and stop these criminals. I want to defeat these people.”

And to those who ask her about Matteo Salvini’s security decrees resubmitted to Parliament by the League, she replies clearly: “Several provisions of the proposal are included in this provision.” From which, instead, in relation to the initial project, the law linked to the strengthening of maritime surveillance emerges. “It was the subject of a proposal by the Ministry of Defense, which Crosetto then withdrew for two reasons: because our system works and because there is an unfortunate precedent on the use of the Navy which is that of ‘Mare nostrum'”.

The “main” provision of the legislative decree unanimously approved by the CDM provides, on the contrary, for the increase of penalties for the trafficking of migrants and the introduction of a new type of crime related to death or serious bodily injury resulting from the trafficking of illegal immigrants who provides for smugglers a sentence of up to 30 years in prison if people die. “The crime – Meloni announces – will be prosecuted by Italy even if it is committed outside national borders. We consider this a universal crime, what this government intends to do is to look for smugglers across the globe”. Not only that, “the attempt to align other nations” with the new type of crime against traffickers, “and collaborate in the pursuit and conviction of these people – he adds -, will be the subject of bilateral agreements with the countries where trafficking is organized”. The decree also includes rules on simplifying expulsion procedures, strengthening detention centers intended for repatriation, and intervening in cases of opaque management of migrant centres.

“The decree again restricts special protection, if – continues Meloni – it is quite broad: the government’s intention is to abolish it and replace it with a common sense rule that corresponds to the relevant European legislation”. “Another way of fighting traffickers – he recalls – is to send the message that it is not advisable to enter Italy clandestinely, it is not advisable to pay smugglers, it is not advisable to pay to risk death. restore the three-year flow decrees”. Finally, Meloni defends the government’s work in the relief efforts related to the sinking of the Cutro, explaining that “it couldn’t do anything more or different.

Does anyone really think that the Italian government could have done something it didn’t want to? We’ve always done everything we could. We check everything that can be checked, to see if something should have gone wrong, it didn’t.”

Source: IL Tempo