Recently resigned Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte announced that 6 EU countries agreed to take in the migrants on board the Spanish NGO ship, Proactiva Open Arms.
“France, Germany, Romania, Portugal, Spain and Luxembourg have told me that they are ready to welcome the migrants,” Conte said in an open letter addressed to far-right Interior Minister Matteo Salvini.
Conte also urged his colleague and president of the right-wing League to take in the migrants.
Conte’s announcement of the offer of assistance came a day after the Italian administrative justice obtained the suspension of a Security Decree which was signed by Matteo Salvini, banning the ship from entering the Italian ports.
“We won the appeal against the Salvini Security Decree,” said Oscar Camps, the founder of the NGO Proactiva Open Arms, at a press conference in Madrid.
The Italian justice had indeed announced the landing in Italy of the 147 migrants currently on board, rescued in the central Mediterranean.
“The only thing missing is that we are assigned a port,” Oscar Camps added, saying that his NGO intended to respect legal procedures.
“It’s a success. International maritime law prevails,” he added, before saying that in Italy “everyone does not think like Salvini”.
Salvini filed a swift appeal against the judge’s ruling on Wednesday and signed another decree, saying that the behavior of Open Arms, a Spanish charity, showed that its act of bringing migrants to Italy is part of its political objective.
“What a strange country,” Salvini complained from a beach in the north-west of Italy.
“The court in Lazio (Rome) wants to authorize a foreign boat to disembark foreign migrants in Italy.”
Government sources said that EU officials are negotiating with more member states to see if they will agree take in some of the migrants.
Spain agreed to take in some of the migrants on the condition that a migrant distribution scheme among participating EU states will be formed.