European Parliament president David Sassoli opened the October plenary session with a minute of silence for the asylum seekers that drowned off the coast of Lampedusa earlier this week when the boat capsized.
President Sassoli underlined that tangible measures were needed to bring an end to the deaths in the Mediterranean sea.
The minute of silence was also dedicated to the family of Jacques Chirac who passed away earlier this month. President Sassoli described Chirac as a European who always worked for peace, tolerance and democracy.
He also expressed his condolences to the people of Halle, adding that his thoughts are with the families of the victim.