#AceNewsServices – Featured Report:April.20:  The EU is facing mounting pressure over its tackling of the migrant crisis in the Mediterranean, and is gathering for an emergency summit, days after a boat capsized off Libyan coast, leaving hundreds dead.

EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said on Monday that “the EU has no more excuses, the member states have no more excuses.”

“We need immediate action from the EU and the member states,” she added.

Human rights activists lashed out at the EU, accusing the bloc of failing to deal with the migrant crisis.

Amnesty International criticized European governments for “ongoing negligence towards the humanitarian crisis in the Mediterranean,” which has led to “a more than 50-fold increase in migrant and refugee deaths since the beginning of 2015.”

The UN Refugee Agency expressed its “deep shock” at the latest tragedy.

Spokesman for UNCHR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees), Carlotta Sami, described the disaster as “one of the most tragic shipwrecks in the Mediterranean,” and called for “shared responsibility” for the migrant situation of EU countries.

Other human rights activists supported the cause, too.

“In this affair, Europe is guilty of failing to assist a person in danger. That is to our shame,” the founder of the Medecins Sans Frontieres medics charity and ex-French foreign minister Bernard Kouchner told Le Parisien.

“Before anything else, let’s throw a lifeline to all these people who are drowning by creating a European rescue fleet for the 28 members of the European Union. One rescue boat for each country,” he added.

On Sunday, Pope Francis also appealed “to the international community to react decisively and quickly to see that such tragedies are not repeated.”


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BRUSSELS: ‘ Juncker Moves Top People into Place by Putting Mogherini’s HQ in Berlaymont ‘

#AceWorldNews – BRUSSELS – September 11 – The EU foreign relations chief is to move her office back to the European Commission to steer a cell of top officials on external policy.

The new commission president, Jean-Claude Juncker, set out the plan in a “mission letter” to the foreign relations head, Federica Mogherini, published on Wednesday (10 September).

He said: “To liaise more effectively with the other members of the college, following your suggestion, you will have your headquarters in the Berlaymont, and the commission will put a cabinet of an appropriate size at your disposal, about half of which will be commission officials”.

English: Insignia of the European External Act...

English: Insignia of the European External Action Service (EAS) ‪Norsk (bokmål)‬: Emblemet tilhørende Den europeiske avdeling for agering utad (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

He added that Mogherini will chair a new “Commissioners’ Group on External Action” that will meet “at least once a month”.

He listed seven portfolios that “have a strong external dimension”.

The list includes: neighbourhood and enlargement negotiations; trade; development; humanitarian aid; climate action and energy; transport; and migration.

He also said the commission will continue to run Mogherini’s human resources and will retain control over the vast majority of EU external budgets.

Mogherini’s predecessor, Catherine Ashton, moved her cabinet out of the Berlaymont, the commission HQ, across the road to the EU foreign service’s €12-million-a-year “Axa” building in 2012.

Her spokesman said at the time “it will facilitate contacts between the staff members … reinforce the team spirit and the corporate identity of the EEAS [the European External Action Service]”.

She was also meant to chair a group of commissioners with external-type dossiers. But it met just five times in five years and she did not go to any of the meetings.

EUobserver Reported: 


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