The European Parliament,
– having regard to Rule 133 of its Rules of Procedure,
A. whereas action is needed in countries of origin and transit, while respecting human rights, to counter the terrible people-smuggling that is taking place and to close the route towards the Mediterranean, whilst at the same time protecting migrants’ lives;
B. having regard to the plan currently under discussion within the Council, according to which migrants along the Central Mediterranean route could stay in specific ‘regional platforms’ or ‘hotspots’, managed by the UN in cooperation with the EU and located along the coasts of North Africa, in Tunisia and Libya, for example, where an initial screening of migrants would be conducted;
C. whereas this solution would enable all the necessary checks to be made on asylum seekers, thus reducing the incentives to face dangerous journeys;
1. Considers it necessary to develop the ‘regional platform’ concept in close cooperation with the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) and the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), to ensure fast-track procedures that are able to distinguish between economic migrants and those in need of international protection.