Asylum laws all’Italiana: Italy to propose changes to EU asylum rules – Italian PM

French President Emmanuel Macron welcomes Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte as he arrives for a meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, June 15, 2018. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer

PARIS (Reuters)

Italy will present its own proposal to overhaul European Union asylum and immigration policy during the second half of the year, the country’s new Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said on Friday.

“We are drafting our own proposal” to be presented during the Austrian presidency of the European Council beginning next month, Conte said.

Speaking alongside French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris after the two leaders had traded harsh words earlier in the week over Italian immigration policy, Conte said the two had “fully clarified” their views and were in “perfect agreement”.

In reference to the bloc’s banking union discussions, Conte also said he was in favour of moving forward with risk-sharing in the euro zone.

Macron to hold talks with Angela Merkel

French President Emmanuel Macron, who will hold talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin next week, said on Friday he hoped to strike a deal on completing the euro zone banking union in the “coming weeks”.

Speaking at news conference alongside Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, Macron also said current European immigration rules were not satisfying and that Europeans had not shown enough solidarity with Rome over the migrant crisis.

He said France hoped to work with Italy, Germany and Spain to find a way to better handle the flow of migrants into Europe.