On the one hand there are the “good, buts” of the allies. On the other hand, opposition protests are asking for parliamentary approval and could ask for it at a meeting of the House group leaders in the coming hours. In the middle, Giorgia Meloni claims the memorandum of understanding with Albania on the management of immigrants, the last act of “enormous work, especially diplomatic” carried out this year, without which – she is sure – “the numbers of entries would have been much higher.”
In the afternoon, sources from the Chigi Palace defined as “totally imaginative” the reconstructions according to which the plan signed on Monday with the Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama “was not shared by the Prime Minister with the Government’s allies.” “From the beginning,” it was explained, “there was the full involvement of the two deputy prime ministers Salvini and Tajani and the agreement was built step by step with the full collaboration of the ministries involved, starting with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Interior and Justice “.
About ten hours earlier, the League had in turn denied the “discontent” of its secretary towards the Prime Minister, defining the agreement as “useful and positive.” The opinion about this “excellent agreement between Meloni and Albania” was also reiterated during the day by Salvini’s deputy, Andrea Crippa, with a note: “But Italy must act like Italy. And when Salvini did, the Minister of the Interior put the brakes on illegal immigration”. “. The underlying tension persists. Because this is one of those “buts” that in recent months have bothered the Prime Minister, who has repeatedly had to face attacks from the Northern League, followed by conciliatory messages from Salvini. And in majority circles, some of his options are seen as countermeasures, such as not assuming the position of prime minister from the Chamber (the FdI is the president of the Senate and the Constitutional Affairs commission). In addition to dirigisme with which Meloni addresses the immigrant file, wanted by the Northern League: first the control room entrusted to undersecretary Alfredo Mantovano, then advances such as the Protocol with Albania. “The agreement respects all community norms,” assures the minister of Foreign Affairs, Antonio Tajani.
The full text was released by the Tirana government, including the two annexes that commit Rome to assume expenses of 16.5 million euros in the first of five years and to create a guarantee fund. Evaluations are expected from Brussels where, for now, only the Hungarian Oliver Varhelyi, Commissioner for Enlargement, has spoken: “It is an interesting model.” The Protocol will not pass through Parliament, clarified Minister Luca Ciriani, confirming the suspicions of the opposition. “It is unacceptable – attacked the Democratic secretary Elly Schlein -. They do not do it because they know that it violates article 10 of the Constitution, by which asylum is requested in the territory of the Republic.” Among those perplexed, the president of the CEI, Cardinal Matteo Zuppi, according to whom the agreement seems “a confession of inability. It is not clear why the reception here is not better organized.”
The topic is also hot in Europe. The outsourcing of the management of immigrants is an “ineffective and inhuman policy”, stressed the Australian actress and UNHCR ambassador, Cate Blanchett, in her speech before the European Chamber. The Melonians dismissed a “little lesson from a billionaire Hollywood actress.”
For the Minister of the Interior, Matteo Piantedosi, this agreement is “innovative” and the Guardian of the Seals, Carlo Nordio, hopes that “the decisions of the judiciary do not annul future operations.” While waiting for the mechanisms to transport migrants from the Mediterranean to Albania, Rama made a couple of aspects clear. In the Shengjin hotspot (where a maximum detention of four weeks is expected to control the right to asylum), “the number is limited: 3,000 places. More will arrive if places are released. It can reach 36,000 a year if “The Italian bureaucracy It works like a clock, it would be a novelty in history.” For Tirana there is no doubt of incompatibility with international law, but “it is up to Italy – Rama added – to verify that it is also in accordance with the Dublin Agreement.”