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European Council: Tusk, “we’ll help Italy control the Central Mediterranean route”. “EU’s unity is my job”

(Brussels) On closing the first day of the summit, last night, the president of the European Council, Tusk, briefly summarised the results of the first day, stating: “We have just ended our discussion on migration and on the need to help Italy control the Central Mediterranean route. The leaders accepted to give Prime Minister Gentiloni more support with Italy’s efforts with the Libyan authorities. We have a real chance to close the Central Mediterranean route. That’s why we have decided that the member states will provide enough funds” for cooperation with Africa, to be used “to curb illegal migration”. In addition, the leaders “have decided to go back to the matter of the Reform of the Dublin System in December, in the attempt to reach a consensus by mid-2018″. Tusk then explained that he wants to keep Europe united, so as to address the outstanding key issues. “As long as I am here, I will be the guardian of Europe’s unity. It is not only my formal role as president of the European Council, it is above all my real belief. Because unity is our main strength”.

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