Sweden takes over the EU presidency, no plans for an agreement to tackle migration

As Sweden takes over the presidency of the European Council for the first six months of 2023, a Swedish ambassador has stated that the country has no intention of brokering an agreement to curb migration.

Sweden’s ambassador to the EU, Lars Danielsson, has said the Swedish government, which took over the rotating six-month term of the presidency of the European Council this month, will not try to broker a migration deal between EU members. – states.

“We will definitely advance the work … with full force. [But] you will not see a completed migration pact under the Swedish presidency, said Deniaerlsson Financial Times the newspaper, adding that he did not expect a migration agreement until at least the spring of 2024.

The European Union has reportedly been working seriously on a migration deal for years, and last year some member states agreed to a voluntary agreement in which they would take migrants from countries such as Italy, Greece and Spain, which are on the common external border. of the bloc and thus receive a large number of illegals into the EU.

But while the likes of Germany and France agreed to take in migrants, very few were actually transferred. According to Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni, Germany and France took only 95 of the more than 100,000 migrants who arrived in Italy last year.

“I think that in Europe the same rights and duties of everyone should apply, I think that the solution that can get everyone to agree is to stop departures and defend European borders,” Meloni said.

Italy is not alone in criticizing other EU member states for not taking in migrants. The country was joined by several other Mediterranean states in March last year demanding that other EU countries share the burden of mass migration.

Meloni was attacked by Emmanuel Macron’s France and Italy labeled “enemy countries” when she refused to allow an NGO migrant “taxi” ship to dock in Europe as a result of the lack of burden sharing, which eventually led to disembarked at Toulon instead.

Last year, the EU saw over 308,000 known illegal entries in the first eleven months of the year, figures not seen since the height of the migrant crisis in 2015 and 2016.

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