This decision, which has been described as a “nuclear option”, is welcomed by some authorities who believe that the country already has enough problems with refugees.
This means that newcomers to Italy could travel to Europe using the Brussels Directive.
The little known Brussels Directive gives the possibility for displaced persons to enter Europe for a certain time.
Mario Giro, Deputy Foreign Minister, said he believes the country can exploit Directive 2001/55 of the European Council to grant temporary visas to a large number of people.
For some time, Italy has been struggling to cope with the large number of people fleeing North Africa. In an interview with ‘Times’ Magazine, Giro and Luigi Manconi, Senators of the ruling Democratic Party, confirmed that discussions are still ongoing on this project.
The Times describes Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni as “furious” at the refusal of European partners to welcome other migrants. And this “recipe” to try to put an end to the arrivals had already been suggested a few days ago by the former Minister of Foreign Affairs Emma Bonino (…)
With this gesture, Italy can issue temporary visas ” in compliance with the Schengen rules which provide in all cases exceptions for humanitarian reasons, ” said Bonino. Now the duel is launched between Rome and Brussels.