•  The Hungarian Prime Minister, Mr Orban, has a growing reputation for certain choices made by his government, which give rise to very conflicting reactions, in that they include the restriction of freedom of expression, religious freedom, freedom of association, the rights of minorities and the rights of migrants, and a restriction on the independence of the judiciary. The European Parliament, in a recent resolution, expressed its opposition, because if in the body of Europe is developing a spirit that is so seriously damaging to the democratic principles that we have shared and experienced (despite all the shortcomings) in recent decades, the very idea of Europe risks being compromised.  The results of the elections in Sweden, in which xenophobic and sovereign impulses similar to those of other European countries are strongly emerging, have contributed to this conviction.

  • Migrazioni in Europa: si richiede una volontà politica coesa, un impegno nei confronti delle norme del Consiglio d'Europa e soluzioni durature

    Al fine di affrontare efficacemente le sfide legate al fenomeno migratorio, l’Organizzazione deve adottare “un approccio chiaro, globale e basato sui principi che riguardi tutti gli aspetti della gestione delle migrazioni”, ha dichiarato il Rappresentante speciale del Segretario generale per le migrazioni e i rifugiati, Tomáš Boček, nel suo primo rapporto di attività pubblicato oggi.

    Controlli più severi alle frontiere hanno determinato una costante riduzione del numero complessivo dei nuovi arrivi, sebbene si possa prevedere nei prossimi anni l’afflusso in Europa di un numero considerevole di rifugiati e migranti.  La sfida per gli Stati membri è di assicurare che le misure adottate per ridurre i flussi migratori e per il rimpatrio dei richiedenti asilo respinti rispettino le norme sui diritti umani. Un’ulteriore sfida consisterà nel mettere in atto politiche volte a favorire l’inclusione di rifugiati e migranti autorizzati a restare in Europa.

    L’Organizzazione dovrebbe continuare a promuovere la solidarietà tra gli Stati membri e difendere il diritto di chiedere asilo. Questo presuppone “tolleranza zero” in materia di respingimenti alle frontiere e un accesso semplificato alle procedure di asilo.

    “Un sistema equo che garantisca protezione a chi più ne ha bisogno è un sistema più credibile, e rende più giustificabile il respingimento di coloro che non abbiano ottenuto lo status di protezione”, ha dichiarato il Rappresentante speciale.


  • Migration in Europa: für einen gemeinsamen politischen Willen, die Achtung der Europaratsnormen und dauerhafte Lösungen

    Um die mit den Migrationsbewegungen verbundenen Herausforderungen zu bewältigen, muss der Europarat „eine klare, globale und auf seinen Grundsätzen beruhende Strategie verfolgen, die alle Aspekte der Migrationssteuerung abdeckt“, so der Sonderbeauftragte des Generalsekretärs für Migration und Flüchtlinge, Tomáš Boček, in seinem heute veröffentlichten ersten Tätigkeitsbericht.

    Strengere Grenzkontrollen führten zu einer stetigen Abnahme der Zahl der Ankommenden. Allerdings ist es wahrscheinlich, dass Flüchtlinge und Migranten auch in den kommenden Jahren in großer Zahl nach Europa kommen werden. Die Mitgliedsstaaten werden vor der Aufgabe stehen, Maßnahmen zur Eindämmung der Migrationsbewegungen und zur Organisation der Rückkehr abgewiesener Asylsuchender unter Einhaltung der Menschenrechtsnormen durchzuführen. Auch die Entwicklung von Strategien zur Integration der Flüchtlinge und Migranten, denen der Verbleib in Europa gestattet wurde, zählt zu den künftigen Herausforderungen.

    Der Europarat sollte sich auch weiterhin für die Solidarität unter den Mitgliedsstaaten einsetzen und das Recht auf Beantragung von Asyl verteidigen. Dies erfordert eine Null-Toleranz-Politik gegenüber Zurückweisungen an den Grenzen und einen vereinfachten Zugang zu den Asylverfahren.

    „Ein gerechtes System, das hilfsbedürftigen Menschen Schutz bietet, ist glaubwürdiger und lässt die Rückführung jener, die keinen Schutzstatus erhielten, vertretbarer erscheinen“, erklärte der Sonderbeauftragte.


  • Migration in Europe: Call for united political will, commitment to Council of Europe standards and durable solutions

    In order to successfully tackle the challenges linked to migration, there needs to be “a clear, principled and holistic approach by the Organisation covering all areas of migration management”, said the Special Representative of the Secretary General on Migration and Refugees, Tomáš Boček, in his first activity report, published today.

    More stringent border controls have led to a steady fall in the overall number of new arrivals in Europe, although it is likely that refugees and migrants will continue to arrive in significant numbers over the next years. The challenge for member states will be to ensure that the measures they adopt to reduce migration flows and to return failed asylum-seekers respect human rights standards. A further challenge will be to put in place policies to promote the inclusion of refugees and migrants with the right to remain in Europe.

  • The outcome of the elections of March 4 is a political framework that is both profoundly new and extremely fragile. However, there is a further level which is primary and essential. The electoral result in fact reflects deep fractures that cross the country with the result of an apparently blocked parliament. One, of a social nature, is rooted in a growing gap between wealth and poverty, in the diffused intolerance towards a redistribution of wealth through a completely inadequate social and fiscal system and in the sense of injustice for a job whose dignity has been and is too often trampled. The other fracture is geographic and passes through the simultaneous success of the center-right in the central-northern part of the country and the one of the 5 Star Movement in the central southern part.

  • Le deuxième impératif qui est le nôtre, c'est : ne nous divisons pas. La tentation est grande dans cette période trouble du repli sur soi, du nationalisme de penser que, à l'échelle de la nation, on maîtrisera mieux les choses, on retrouvera une part de cette souveraineté qui parfois demeure trop évanescente ou encore naissante au niveau européen. Cette sonnette d'alarme, nous l'avons eue avec le Brexit mais nous l'entendons aussi, des élections italiennes à la Hongrie jusqu'à la Pologne, partout en Europe, résonne cette musique du nationalisme, cette fascination et nous sommes ici, je le disais à l'instant, devant ce rêve carolingien à la hauteur duquel nous souhaitons être, mais le risque européen aujourd'hui est, si je puis dire, un risque lotharingien, celui d'une division extrême. Elle tend à réduire la plupart des débats à une superposition de nationalismes convainquant ceux qui doutent de renoncer aux libertés conquises au prix de mille souffrances.

  •     A little more than a year ago, recalling Aldo Moro, the President of the Republic traced this profile: "Crucial, in Moro, was the relationship between the State, politics and society. The understanding of social facts, of their interrelations, of the connections with the growing anxieties in other countries, was accompanied by a deep respect for the new phenomena, towards which he put himself in an attitude of listening, to make sure that they knot their path in the sphere of republican democracy and enrich the models of common life organized in institutions. He saw these, that is, constantly modulated on the positive effects of the transformations taking place in the Country".

  •      The situation changes minute by minute. And as I write it, this piece on the Italian political situation risks not being updated anymore. New hypotheses of government have re-emerged after the resounding end of the first attempt of the League-5 stars and the appointment of Carlo Cottarelli. And this too is a dramatic sign of a situation in which the search for true good for our country, on the part of many protagonists on the political scene, has increasingly gone into the background. Because this is the point that risks escaping the vortex of declarations, debates and contrasts. There is no question about whetehr a parliamentary majority is formed, which has the right to govern. But if, after almost three months of waiting, this has not yet been achieved and if the only political objective is either to govern at all costs or to go to new elections (it does not matter if in the middle of summer and with a country increasingly under attack from speculation, whose harmful effects - it should be remembered - are fortunately held back, at least for now, from membership of the Euro and a European institution such as the ECB), in the hope of increasing its consensus, without any concern for the real state and the needs of Italy, means that we are really losing sight of the fundamentals. And it's worrying to see so many people fidgeting and exalting, as if we were at the stadium, and then pulling up the pieces - the television, the smartphone and the computer off - of an economic situation that is getting worse.

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    Marinella is President of the Sicily group of MEIC. Significant part of the current reflection is on environment, necessity of education and changes in the way of thinking. There are still big challenges, as more respect to the law

  • 1 MEIC: Government: incomprehensible stiffening, parties must find a sense of responsibility

                    The dramatic conclusion of the attempt to create a new government in the country is triggering a phase of instability for our democratic life. We are concerned about the arrogant way in which the President of the Republic has been forced to appoint a minister, an act which, according to our Constitution, he owns. We are concerned about the contemptuous judgments that are spreading over Sergio Mattarella for a decision that was the conclusion of a long work of mediation, shattered on the rocks of an incomprehensible stiffening of the political forces that should have supported the new government. A very delicate season is beginning, for the problems that our country has to face, but now also for the conflict that involves our institutions. At this delicate time, Meic would like to thank the President of the Republic for the dignity and seriousness with which he is managing a complex and difficult situation. At the same time, however, it is intended to remind the political parties and their leaders of a sense of responsibility towards the future that seems to have disappeared today, dissolved in an eternal present of incessant electoral campaigning.

  • Literacy and active citizenship for North African women

    The project "Torino my city", born from an idea of ​​the Meic of Torino in more than 15 years ago and managed since 2015 by “Mondi in città” (Non profit organization), has involved so far more than 3000 students accompanied by over 900 children. More than 1,200 students were able to obtain a secondary school diploma. The courses are organized by “Mondi in città”, thanks to the contribution of Compagnia di San Paolo, Fondazione CRT, Associazione Come Noi (non-profit org.) and gifts from supporters. The initiatives are carried out in collaboration with the Civic Libraries of Torino and with the patronage of 4 city circumscriptions. The MEIC, thanks to the 8x1000 of the Catholic Church, guarantees the cultural and educational paths to the active citizenship.

  • Le Premier ministre hongrois, M. Orban, est de plus en plus connu pour certains choix opérés par son gouvernement, qui suscitent des réactions très mitigées, impliquant la restriction de la liberté d'expression, liberté religieuse, liberté d'association, les droits des minorités et des migrants, et une restriction de l'indépendance du pouvoir judiciaire. Le Parlement européen, dans une résolution récente, a exprimé son opposition, car si dans le corps de l'Europe se développe un esprit aussi gravement préjudiciable aux principes démocratiques que nous avons partagés et vécus (malgré toutes les lacunes) ces dernières décennies, l'idée même de l'Europe risque d'être compromise.  Les résultats des élections suédoises, au cours desquelles des impulsions xénophobes et souveraines similaires à celles d'autres pays européens émergent fortement, ont contribué à cette conviction.