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EU may convene emergency summit on migration on April 24 — source

April 20, 2015, 9:28 UTC+3 LUXEMBOURG
Italy’s Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and European Council President Donald Tusk have earlier called for holding such a meeting
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LUXEMBOURG, April 20. /TASS/. The European Union may convene an emergency summit on the issues of migration from North Africa to the 28-member bloc already on April 24, a European source said on Monday.

"The summit may take place already this Friday, although its final date is still being discussed," the source told TASS.

Italy’s Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and European Council President Donald Tusk have earlier called for holding such a meeting after a disaster on Sunday when a vessel with 700 migrants onboard capsized some 200 kilometers to the south of the Italian island of Lampedusa.

The issue of the Mediterranean migrants is due to be discussed at the joint meeting of EU foreign ministers and interior ministers in Luxembourg on Monday at the initiative of EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini.

The EU needs to revise several policies to ensure an efficient response to the challenges of the Mediterranean migration and carry out measures to save people in the sea, the source told TASS.

The 28-member bloc could allocate additional funds to organize the maritime and air patrol of the Mediterranean Sea, the source said. "The solution to these issues is far beyond the competence of ministers and may demand a political decision of the heads of states," he explained.

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