Joint Communication of the High Representative of the Union on Foreign Affairs and Security Policy the to the European Parliament, the European Council and the Council (JOIN(2017) 4 final)

The Communication contains an introduction and sections dealing with:

  1. The challenge of migration along the Central Mediterranean route
  2. Reducing the number of crossings, saving lives at sea
  3. Stepping up the fight against smugglers and traffickers
  4. Protection of migrants, assisted voluntary return and resettlements
  5. Managing migrant flows through the Southern border
  6. Increased cooperation with Egypt, Tunisia and Algeria – preventing irregular migration and the displacement of routes
  7. Mobilising funding for North Africa
  8. Conclusion

From the Conclusion:

“It is clear that as of spring 2017, if no further action is taken, uncontrolled irregular migration flows along the Central Mediterranean route will continue at the very high level recorded in 2016. As the vast majority of migrants attempt to cross the Mediterranean from Libyan shores, the EU Member States, notably those most affected by the flow, Italy and Malta, are working closely with the Libyan authorities to control these flows and save lives at sea. These efforts deserve to be fully supported by the European Union as a whole. Over the past two years, in line with the European Agenda on Migration, the EU has put in place a range of actions, policies and funding to help manage the refugee and migration crisis effectively, including along the Central Mediterranean route, in all aspects and in a spirit of solidarity. The present Joint Communication builds on that work and sets out a further set of comprehensive operational actions to be taken rapidly by all actors to help save lives, fight smuggling, improve the conditions of migrants and refugees in the countries of transit in North Africa, encourage return to countries of origin and ultimately stem the flows. They focus on all the key stages along the Central Mediterranean route and take into account the wider regional context.”