Italy welcomes EC stance for Dublin Regulation overhaul

Italy's PM Giuseppe Conte on Thursday welcomed European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen's announcement that the Dublin Regulation, whereby migrants must register in the EU country they arrive, will be overhauled, ANSA reported.

"I'm glad that we are going beyond Dublin, we expect the European Commission's proposal on Wednesday", Italian premier said as he made a surprise visit to a school on the outskirts of Rome. He noted that Italy had worked a great deal to move in this direction.

Successive Italian governments have been trying for years to get the Dublin rule changed, saying it puts an unfair burden on Italy in managing migrants. Italy is the most exposed country to migration across the central Mediterranean due to its geographical position.

Conte also added that his government was ready to change former interior minister and League leader Matteo Salvini's controversial migrant and security decrees,which feature huge fines for NGO ships defying entry bans.

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