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PACE to investigate deaths of boat people

The Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) President Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu has announced that the Assembly’s Migration Committee will carry out an inquiry into the tragic incident of 8th May, in which reportedly 61 boat people escaping from Libya died after their appeals for rescue was ignored by armed forces operating in the Mediterranean.

In a message to mark World Refugee Day, Mr. Çavuşoğlu said that in times of economic hardship and political turmoil, the Geneva Convention relating to the Status of Refugees “stands as an enduring symbol of our humanity and our willingness to act together to help persons fleeing conflict and persecution.”
 

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Children to benefit from new EU rules on maintenance payments

Under new EU-wide rules which apply as of this week, children across the EU will benefit from speedier maintenance payments when families split up. With an estimated 16 million international couples in the EU and 1 million divorces every year, more and more families need to recover maintenance fees when one parent lives abroad and refuses to provide financial help. The new rules set up an EU-wide system for facilitating the recovery of maintenance payments, so that absent parents will no longer be able to evade their obligations.

"The interests of children must always come first. These rules will make sure they will still receive financial support if a parent lives away from them in another EU country," said Vice-President Viviane Reding, the EU’s Justice Commissioner.
 

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EU urged to act against domestic violence

Representatives from the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) and the United Nations have called on all 27 member states of the European Union – and the EU itself – to sign up to the groundbreaking new Council of Europe Convention on Violence against Women and Domestic Violence.

José Mendes Bota, Chair of PACE’s Equal Opportunities Committee, said: “Violence against women is a human rights violation born out of unequal power relations between women and men. This convention is a crucial landmark on the way towards ensuring equal enjoyment of human rights, and I urge all those European countries which have not yet done so to become parties to it, so that its great potential can be fully exploited.”
 

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Immigrants earn €300 less than Italian workers

Africans and EU immigrants the highest paid
 
Generally, an immigrant employee in Italy earns €987 per month, almost €300 (22%) less than an Italian employee, a new report by Fondazione Leone Moressa has revealed.
 
Immigrants who work in the northern part of the country earn higher than those who work in the southern part. For instance, an immigrant worker in Friuli Venezia Giulia region earns €1,159 per month compared to €674 earned by one who works in Calabria.

The widest pay gap between Italian and immigrant workers is in the south. While in the north the difference doesn’t exceed €300 per month, in some southern regions such as Basilicata, the difference exceeds €500 per month.
 

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European Asylum Support Office now fully operational

European Commissioner for Home Affairs, Cecilia Malmström, participated in the inaugural ceremony of the European Asylum Support Office (EASO) in Valetta, Malta, on 19th June.

The new Office began some of its activities in November 2010, and from 19th June is now fully operational. The EASO was established with the aim of enhancing practical cooperation on asylum matters, and helping Member States fulfil their European and international obligations to give protection to people in need.
 

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