Joseph Muscat on Malta

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We will make sure our investigators have all the resources they need and all the foreign expertise necessary to get to the bottom of this.feedback
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Oct 18 2017
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And British expats don't have to go through that awful bother of mastering a foreign tongue. That's because English is also an official language here.feedback

I understand that Theresa May would want to position herself in that way at the start of negotiations; when you're negotiating you definitely have to convey the message that it is not a do or die sort of negotiation.feedback

It has been established that #Afriqiyah flight has 111 passengers on board. 82 males, 28 females, 1 infant.feedback

Informed of potential hijack situation of a Libya internal flight diverted to Malta. Security and emergency operations standing by -JM.feedback

Yes, but there should not be a situation where the message that goes out to the smugglers who are abusing these people is: 'Well send more boats, we will rescue them and they will get in'. So, I do think that we need to rethink our visa system, our asylum system and to make legal migration in Europe more possible and more plausible.feedback

People who apply for asylum but get their application refused need to go back. That should be part of the Frontex terms of reference and work.feedback

Most important is that the Council agreed that there should be a timeline, a clearly inscribed deadline. The Council agreed that by next December Europe will decide and will take the operational decisions to face this crisis.feedback

I believe it is Europe's job to do that. I believe it is an important step forward. I do believe that the Commission is proposing something similar, so that is something that offers relief. Then there are other points which are contentious. It is a thorny issue.feedback

I know I might sound hard on this but that is how it works. My point is that if the situation right now is that all those who get their application refused stay in Europe, that's not on. That is something that we want to solve.feedback

We don't say there's isn't a need to improve the infrastructure. But we are also saying that there is the need for detention. If someone comes into our country without documentation you cannot just let him or her go. We can't just close our eyes to further people smuggling. What are we saying if we don't have detention? That we should just close our eyes and instead of making just one trip between Libya and Malta, we should also close our eyes to another trip between Malta and Italy? We don't do that!feedback

My feeling is that Europe is just playing for time and the European Council this week will just say some words, hoping that the bad weather in winter will discourage the crossings and hoping that people will just forget. Until we get to next May or June, more people will start crossing, more people will die.feedback

We will never risk the life of any person but rules have to change and there needs to be a more European approach to safe patrols. We have to discuss in a very sensible manner whether we need to tighten the rules or loosen them.feedback

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