Two migrant boats refused to leave the port of Catania after the Italian government blocked their disembarkation on Sunday.
The European Commission recalled on Monday the “legal and moral obligation” of member states to save the lives of people in danger. Spokesperson Anitta Hipper stated that the Commission is not responsible for coordination operations at sea, or for the place of landing.
While the spokeswoman of the German Foreign Ministry said that the official Berlin is in contact with the Italian authorities.
“Rescues on the high seas must not be hindered. It is our moral and legal obligation not to let people drown. This should be the goal of our actions,” said Andrea Sasse, spokeswoman for the German Foreign Ministry.
The government of Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni is refusing to open the ports for 4 ships operating in the center of the Mediterranean that have rescued migrants and has allowed the disembarkation of only those who have had health problems.
On Sunday, Italy ordered the Humanity 1 ship to leave the port of Catania after disembarking 144 migrants.