20 April 2015, Luxembourg – At a joint meeting of Foreign and Interior Ministers, chaired by HRVP Mogherini, Commissioner Avramopoulous presented a 10 point plan of the immediate actions to be taken in response to the crisis situation in the Mediterranean. The plan received the full backing of Foreign and Interior Ministers.
The 10 actions agreed upon today are the direct, substantial measures we will take to make an immediate difference. All of these actions require our common effort, the European institutions and the 28 Member States.
20 April 2015, Brussels - "The situation in the Mediterranean is dramatic. It cannot continue like this. We cannot accept that hundreds of people die when trying to cross the sea to Europe. This is why I have decided to call an extraordinary European Council this Thursday. And this is also why I travelled to the region three weeks ago.
The objective of the summit is to discuss, at the highest level, what we, the Member States and the EU institutions together, can and must do to alleviate the situation now."
20 April 2015, Luxembourg - A joint session between foreign and interior ministers discussed migration issues, following recent events in the Mediterranean. EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini, said: "Today, we gave a strong EU reaction to the tragedies we have seen in the last few days. We need to act fast and act together."