EU heads of state ended the first day of a summit with no sign of tensions thawing amid recent disagreements on migration.
On Thursday, the European Parliament will vote on a proposal for a sustainable EU resettlement framework of refugees. The EU has a historic opportunity to save lives and restore the futures for thousands of people, writes rapporteur Malin Björk, urging fellow MEPs to support her ambition to keep Europe open.
Italy, in a fresh bid to tackle a migration influx that has become a political headache, sketched proposals yesterday (28 September) to resettle around the world a thousand vulnerable migrants who are stranded in Libya.
The Commission on Wednesday (27 September) made no proposals to continue with the divisive mandatory refugee relocation system and instead focused on resettlement, which means taking candidate refugees from outside the EU, on a non-mandatory basis.