Attica and Sicilia have agreed to jointly appeal to the European Union and the European regions to support those regions that are on the front line of managing issues caused by refugee/migration flows. "Both regions are facing the same problems and are living the same experiences while welcoming people", pointed out the head of the Sicilian delegation and Vice-President of the Sicilian Region, Ms Mariella Lo Bello at a meeting dated on 19th April with the Regional Governor of Attica, Ms Rena Dourou, in Rome.
During this meeting both sides agreed on a set of joint initiatives to manage critical aspects of the refugee/migration crisis, for example that of unaccompanied minors. Furthermore, they agreed on the need to create new financial instruments and the absorption of the existing EU funds by the regions, upon prioritising.
After pointing out that the two regions share the role of being both at the forefront of the issue, the Regional Governor of Attica, Ms Rena Dourou, presented the action that has been delivered by the Region of Attica on the matter. In view of the multifaceted nature of the refugee/migration issue, Ms Rena Dourou emphasised the need to highlight the regional dimension of the crisis, as the regions of Europe, due to their position, “can and should be part of the solution in the context of a European, integrated refugee/migration policy that respects the fundamental European values and achievements of the EU, thereby making the European Union more credible in the eyes of the citizens and especially young people”.