EU Mulls Doubling of Triton Funds – German Interior Minister

EU | April 20, 2015, Monday // 21:35|  views

European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs Federica Mogherini (L) and EU Commissioner of Migration and Home Affairs Dimitris Avramopoulos (R) hold a news conference after a joint session of Foreign and Interior Ministers on Migration issues at

German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere has expressed support for a proposal to double funding for the EU naval operation in the Mediterranean.

De Maiziere, as cited by DPA, said that the European Commission had presented a 10-point plan to address the migration crisis during Monday’s meeting of EU foreign and interior ministers in Luxembourg.

He made clear that Germany backed the proposal for doubling the size and the funding of "Triton", an EU sea patrol mission in the Mediterranean.

Dimitris Avramopoulos, the European commissioner responsible for migration issues, noted that the plan would envisage "fingerprinting" for all migrants and "rapid return" for irregular migrants, according to ITV News and The Telegraph.

Avramopoulos also informed about a proposal of a pilot programme to share resettlement of migrants across the 28-member bloc.

Meanwhile, EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini said that responding to the crisis was an issue of political and moral duty.

“The main issue here is to build together a common sense of European responsibility on what is happening in the Mediterranean, knowing that there is no easy solution, no magic solution, but there is a responsibility that we have to exercise together, as Europeans, in consistent and coherent way,” said in a statement.

The 10-point plan, approved by EU foreign and interior ministers, will be submitted to a summit on Thursday.

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