The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe has issued a new report on the tragic events in the Mediterranean Sea in May 2011, when a boat with 72 African migrants tried to reach Europe. A catalogue of failures by NATO warships and European coastguards led to the deaths of dozens of migrants, according to an earlier damning official report into the fate of a refugee boat in the Mediterranean whose distress calls went unanswered for days.
Now a follow-up report has been released. “Important efforts by member states, Italy in particular, have been engaged towards saving more lives at sea. However, a number of concerns still remain including failures to cooperate, define and admit responsibility and learn lessons from the latest tragic events”, emphasises Tineke Strik (Netherlands, SOC) in her second report which will be debated by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) at its next plenary session in Strasbourg (23-27 June 2014).