EU sets out action plan to tackle Mediterranean migrant route

Ylva Johansson said one aim of the plan was to boost cooperation between countries over the migration crisis. (Photo: CGTN)

A 20-point action plan to tackle surging migration in the central Mediterranean has been put together by the European Commission ahead of an emergency meeting of interior ministers.

Over 90,000 migrants and refugees have arrived in the European Union this year via the central Mediterranean route, such as across the sea from North Africa to Italy or Malta, a 50 percent increase from 2021.

Interior ministers will hold talks on Friday. European Home Affairs Commissioner Ylva Johansson told a news conference that one focus of the EU plan was to strengthen cooperation with third countries, including actions to prevent departures from North Africa.