Illegal immigration challenge for Poland's EU presidency: PM

13:22, April 07, 2011      

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Preparation of steps designed to protect southern Europe against mass-scale illegal immigration is a challenge for Poland's EU presidency and EU institutions, Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk said after a meeting with visiting Maltese Prime Minister Lawrence Gonzi in Warsaw on Wednesday.

The two prime ministers discussed Poland's EU presidency starting on July 1, illegal immigration and bilateral relations.

A protocol to an agreement between the Polish and Maltese governments on avoiding double taxation and a memorandum on cooperation between the foreign ministries of the two countries were signed in the presence of the two prime ministers.

Tusk said that illegal immigration was of key significance for the entire EU but stressed its importance for Malta.

"As Malta has experienced a rapid rise in illegal immigration, we discussed how the EU should help it. We must work out a plan of actions that will protect Malta and other south European countries against mass-scale illegal immigration," the Polish prime minister said.

Tusk added that Poland and Malta had a similar opinion on EU's future, including the cohesion policy, while Gonzi mentioned a multi-year financial plan.

The two also discussed the financial crisis and economic cooperation.

Gonzi said that effective armistice should be in force in Libya as soon as possible with Muammar Gaddafi's resignation being the precondition to achieve peace.

Source: Xinhua
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