European heads of state and government met on Thursday (23 April) in an extraordinary summit to discuss the Mediterranean migrant crisis following mass drownings of migrants off the coast of Libya.
The President of the European Council Donald Tusk, who chaired the meeting, said the EU’s overriding priority was “to prevent more people from dying at sea”.
Following the meeting, EU leaders agreed on the next steps:
- Strengthen EU’s presence at sea
- Fight traffickers in accordance with international law
- Prevent illegal migration flows
- Reinforce internal solidarity and responsibility
For live coverage of the EU special summit on migration, see EURACTIV’s Storify below.