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Brussels, 24 August 2014
Statement from Commissioner Malmström following the recent tragedies in the Mediterranean
I am appalled by these new tragedies at sea and I express my condolences to the victims and their families. I also thank the Italian authorities for the huge efforts put in place to assist and rescue thousands of migrants over the last days. The European Commission remains committed to help Italy in its efforts. To this aim, I will meet next Wednesday in Brussels Minister Alfano in order to better define priorities and provide assistance. I also reiterate my call to Member States to provide assistance to Mediterranean countries facing increased migratory and asylum pressure, in particular by resettling people from refugees' camps outside the EU.