5 December 2013 (ANSA): Prime Minister Letta: "The European policy towards third countries such as Libya, Egypt, Eritrea must change. We must construct European mechanisms in which we go there to manage the phenomenon. Refugees must be managed with a humanitarian spirit, and this is a principal question that we are putting before the EU."
1 December 2013: ANSA reports that France intends to reform its asylum system, which has seen a 70% growth in applications in recent years and “is exploding,” according to an announcement by the Interior Minister Manuel Valls, upon receiving a Parlimentary report that also urges that the system be reformed.
30 November 2013: The Third Consultative Forum Plenary Meeting of the European Asylum Support Office (EASO) took place in Malta with over 80 participants from about 45 different organizations, including CIR. Many issues were discussed, among them the role of EASO in emergency situations, during a session moderated by CIR’s Director Christopher Hein.
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29 November 2013: The Constitutional Affairs Commission has expressed its favourable opinion with observations on the draft legislative decree implementing Directive 2011/51/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Directive 2003/109/EC to extend its scope to beneficiaries of international protection.
27 November 2013: ANSA reports that Italy’s Centres for Identification and Expulsion (CIEs) are in crisis with six of twelve centres closed, and capacity reduced in a further four due to unrest and damage, according to data from the Interior Ministry. As a result, the total capacity of 1,851 places has been reduced to 749.
24 November 2013: "A cemetary called the Mediterranean": Since 1988 at least 19,372 persons have died along the European border, of whom 2.352 died in 2011 alone, at least 590 in 2012, and already 695 have died in 2013 (updated through 12 October 2013). This is the dramatic updated data provided by Fortress Europe.