The Summit of Heads of State and Government of the group of 27 that will be held in Brussels in December could be the real start for European initiatives in Africa to block migrants. This was announced Wednesday by the president of the European Council Donald Tusk, thus responding to the many pressures the Italian government sends him on a daily basis.
After the agreement with Turkey, which has virtually eliminated arrivals through the Aegean Sea, the Central Mediterranean Sea is in fact the most trodden route. Tusk confirmed: “The flows into the Greek islands were reduced by 98 percent.” He also reminded that “in the past two years, the flows on the route from Africa to Italy have remained virtually unchanged.” The President of the European Commission Jean Claude Juncker issued a similar statement Wednesday.
The impression is that after so much talk, this time Europe could really get to enter into economic agreements with African countries with the sole purpose to stop the departures. At the December summit, the results from work in Senegal, Mali, Niger, Nigeria and Ethiopia — the top five countries in the migration pact — will be presented. Actually, negotiations have already begun in Abuja, Nigeria, for an agreement on re-entries.