Strong EU-Africa partnership is needed to combat illegal migration, President Iohannis says during Malta summit

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President Klaus Iohannis has underscored in Malta the need for a strong EU-Africa partnership, under which the European Union member states and the African countries should act together to identify joint solutions for combating illegal migration, the Presidential Administration informs.
In a press statement to Agerpres on Friday, the Presidential Administration says the head of state participated on Wednesday and Thursday in the EU-Africa Summit as well as in an informal migration summit meeting of the European Council, both events having taken place in Valletta (Malta).
At the EU-Africa Summit, two framework documents were adopted — a Political Declaration and an Action Plan — “meant to generate a real partnership for solving the root causes of migration.”
The constitution of a European Union Emergency Trust Fund for Africa was also signed to help fight against migration from Africa. The amount of EUR 1.8 billion will be allotted under this fund, from the EU budget and European Development Fund, combined with contributions from EU member states and other donors. Romania will have a supplementary contribution of EUR 100,000, reads the statement.
“During the debates, Romania’s President underscored the need for a strong partnership between the EU and Africa, in which the Union’s member states and the African countries should act together to identify joint solutions to combat against illegal migration. President Klaus Iohannis showed that a reform of assistance for development is also necessary,” the Presidential Administration points out.


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