EU Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship Dimitris Avramopoulos has called on Member States to provide their support and contribute to this joint effort to disembark those on board the Sea-Watch safely and as soon as possible. Avramopoulos stressed that more solidarity of all Member States was needed. This was made known by Deputy Chief Spokesperson Mina Andreeva during a press briefing at noon in Brussels.
Deputy Chief Spokesperson Mina Andreeva in a comment on Sea-Watch said that the Commission has been in contact with a number of Member States to find a solution for a swift disembarkation of the 49 people on board the Sea-Watch 3 and Sea Eye. Andreeva stated that Commissioner Avramopoulos has been reaching out directly to Member States.
Andreeva said that the current situation shows once again the urgent need for predictable and sustainable solutions for disembarkation and allocation of asylum seekers.
On 22 December civil search and rescue NGO Sea-Watch carried out a rescue mission in which 32 asylum seekers were saved. The other NGO vessel Professor Albrecht Penck operated by Sea-Eye rescued 17 people on 29 December.