Ahead of a visit to Athens, European Parliament President Martin Shulz has admitted that Europe needs to do more to help Mediterranean countries deal with irregular immigration following the Lampedusa disaster in which more than 300 migrants lost their lives.
“Lampedusa must be a turning point for European immigration policy,” Schulz told Kathimerini.
“Firstly, we need to get humanitarian aid to the survivors. Then we have to support the Mediterranean countries that receive migrants and arrange so they are allocated fairly between member states,” he added.
Schulz is due to speak at the Athens Concert Hall on Monday as part of the “South for Growth” conference.
Foreign Minister Evangelos Venizelos’s office said that he will meet with Schulz as well.