Migrants, the attack of the CEI: 'The agreement with Albania is a waste of money'

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Migrants, the attack of the CEI: 'The agreement with Albania is a waste of money'
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Money “thrown into the sea”, which covers “the inability to govern the phenomenon” . A few hours after the final green light from the Senate comes the CEI's thrust, which completely rejects the agreement between Italy and Albania on migrants.
The agreement is the cornerstone of the strategy defined by Giorgia Meloni and her government with the very ambitious objective of slowing down arrivals, in parallel with the new relationship with African countries which falls under the umbrella of the Mattei Plan. To be declined, this is the Prime Minister's new indication to the ministers, according to the “Caivano model”.

At Palazzo Chigi the position of Monsignor Gian Carlo Perego did not go unnoticed, but from the Prime Minister, who urged her ministers to be “operational” and not to let the dialogue initiated in particular with the countries of North Africa fall, not even a mention of the agreement with Tirana. Nor, they say, to the words of the president of the CEI Migration Commission and Migrantes.

It is Migrantes who is speaking, not the CEI , as noted at the top levels of the government, minimizing the harsh comment on the centre-right executive's choice to open two CPRs in Albania by investing “673 million euros in ten years” which – Perego is sure – they will go “up in smoke” due to “the inability to build a widespread reception system in our country, which ranks 16th in Europe in the reception of asylum seekers compared to the number of inhabitants”.

The agreement, which the majority applauds and which has now been ratified by Parliament, provides for the construction of a migrant identification center in the hinterland which will be able to accommodate “up to a maximum of 3 thousand” people, plus a smaller center for first landing in the port of Shengjin, where Italian ships with people rescued in the Mediterranean could dock . Those resources, says Monsignor Perego, “could regenerate not only the lives of many people, but also the lives of our communities. Six hundred and seventy-three million euros which would have meant jobs and an economic spin-off”.

The Foreign Minister, Antonio Tajani, comes to defend the validity of the executive's initiative, convinced that it is not at all “money thrown into the sea” but “well spent to address the migration issue with a country that is a candidate to be part of the European Union”. Today, among other things, “Blinken was there”, underlines the deputy prime minister. While Fdi, through the voice of the president of the Constitutional Affairs commission of the Senate Alberto Balboni, relaunches by asking Msgr. Perego “before criticizing the Italian Parliament for the laws it legitimately approves, think rather about clarifying whether it is true, as stated in an investigation published by Panorama, that the Migrantes Foundation has truly paid €20,000 to Mare Jonio, an association led by Casarini, an admirer of Toni Negri and under investigation for aiding and abetting illegal immigration”.

The migration dossier remains a thorn in the prime minister's side. She herself has admitted several times that the results so far have not been equal to the effort expended. And there is certainly concern that the waves of landings could resume, in particular from Sudan via Tripolitania, even if the numbers of the last few months give “small signs of hope”. Like the “consistent drop in landings in the last 4 months” which – compared to the same period in 2023 – recorded -41%”. “It is however – he warns – a continuous run-up”.

For this reason now, the reasoning that Meloni gives to the ministers, we need to make the Mattei Plan “concrete”. In the meantime, organize “ministerial tables to strengthen collaboration” especially with “Tunisia and Libya, well aware of the differences between Tripolitania and Cyrenaica”. And go there, go “everyone”, timing the attendance as was done in Caivano, where the ministers were staggered and repeated to make the continuous presence of the State felt.

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