Statewatch News Online, 11 July 2017 (08/17)

11 July 2017 — Statewatch

SPECIAL: The European Commission asked Italy to draw up a “Code of Conduct” for NGOs carrying out search and rescue in the Mediterranean:

See full-text of:Code of Conduct for NGOs involved in migrant’s rescue operation at sea (pdf)

All NGOs operating in the Med are required to sign and obey the Code:

“Failure to sign this Code of Conduct or failure to comply with its obligations may result in the refusal by the Italian State to authorize the access to national ports, subject to compliance with the existing international conventions.”

And see: Hearing in LIBE Committee tomorrow (11.07.17) on search and rescue activities in the Mediterranean

At the request of the GUE/NGL group, there will be an exchange of views on search and rescue activities in the Mediterranean during the LIBE Committee agenda this Wednesday July 12 from 9.00 till 10.45am. The exchange of views will focus on the current search and rescue situation, including the essential role NGOs have been playing and concerns regarding the provision of training, equipment and support to the Libyan coast guard. See Agenda (pdf)

Also Letter from: Frontex Executive Director to Miguel Urban Crespo MEP (pdf): Frontex denies it has accused NGOs of colluding with smuggling.. It goes to say that “all those operating at sea need to work together, collect information and share it with the Italian authorities and EU agencies” to collect evidence for arrest and prosecution.

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