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Conte urges EU 'cabinet' to redistribute migrants rescued in Mediterranean

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Conte urges EU 'cabinet' to redistribute migrants rescued in Mediterranean

The European Union needs to create a special 'cabinet' within its executive to mediate with member states on the relocation of migrants who were saved in the Mediterranean, Italy's populist premier Giuseppe Conte said on Thursday.

"The management and redistribution of migrants should no longer rely on Italy's phonecalls to EU partners and should be run by a cabinet or crisis committee that reports to the European Commission," Conte told Italian daily Il Fatto Quotidiano in an interview.

Conte said he wrote this week to European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker and European Council president Donald Tusk, urging that the redistribution on Sunday of 450 rescued migrants agreed among several EU states before they came ashore in Italy become a standard practice.

"If countries outside the EU agree to set up migrant protection centres...that can examine asylum applications, genuine refugees who have the right to come to Europe could be brought here via humanitarian corridors, thus killing off the people trafficking business," Conte said.

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