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State of Play of Implementation of the Priority Actions under the European Agenda on Migration: Annex 3: Italy – Progress Report

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ANNEX to the Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament and the Council on the State of Play of Implementation of the Priority Actions under the European Agenda on Migration Italy - State of Play Report

Recommendations December 2015

HOTSPOT AREAS

The hotspots in Pozzallo and Villa Sikania/Porto Empedocle should be opened by end 2015.
Refurbishment works for additional hotspots should also start with a view to having them ready by end of February 2016.

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 Lampedusa (since October 2015) and Pozzallo (since 19 January 2016) are open and operational.

X Trapani was declared open in December 2015, but still requires work in terms of construction and procedures to become fully operational. Works are expected to be completed by 20 February.

X Works are still ongoing in Taranto. Italian authorities expect finalisation by end of February.

X No clear plans for the refurbishment of Augusta and Porto Empedocle have been developed. Opening of additional facilities is essential in order to cater for the summer months.

 To support the procedure of assignment of the place of disembarkation following search and rescue events and to reinforce coordination, direct contacts between the Ministry of the Interior and the International Coordination Centre have been established via the Frontex operational coordinator based at Pratica di Mare.

 Standard Operating Procedures outlining the activities and their logical sequence in the hotspots have been drafted by the Ministry of the Interior with support from the Commission, Frontex,
Europol, the European Asylum Support Office (EASO), the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the UNHCR, and a consolidated draft was delivered to the Ministry of the Interior on 8 February 2016.