Italian ex-MP calls on EU to appoint permanent representative in Libya
The former Italian parliament member, Giuliano Pisapia, called for appointing a permanent European representative in Libya, urging for putting pressure on the Libyan authorities to close migrant detention centers and abide by human rights, as well as criticizing in a press interview with Italian newspaper "Il Riformista" that the European Union (EU) and Italian government ignored the Libyan situation, which provided an opportunity for other countries to gain a foothold and build political influence on account of the Europeans.
Pisapia criticized in European leaders for having ignored Libya for a long time, as well as the southern coast of the Mediterranean because they had and still have conflicting interests.
Pisapia, who was the rapporteur of the European Parliament on the file on the situation in Tripoli and Benghazi, also criticized the position of the government of Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni in dealing with the situation in Libya and the issue of migration, expressing distaste with her "Matte Plan" to support countries exporting immigration.
He called on European leaders to move from words to actions in dealing with Libya, referring to other countries like Turkey and Russia, as well as some Gulf powers that have formed profitable alliances only for their own interests.
"We are already dangerously late. It has been more than 10 years since the fall of Gaddafi. European indifference was immediately absorbed by other countries such as Turkey and Russia, and some Gulf powers that formed profitable alliances only for their own interests. The result is that the European Union and its member states no longer have any political influence in those areas.” He said, reiterating criticism to migrants' detention centers in Libya for their inhumane conditions under sponsorship of the EU, which has been asked many times to stop funding Libyan authorities responsible for human rights violations.
Regarding the immigration agreement signed between the Italy and Libya, Pisapia believed that the Libyan model that was previously heralded by the government of former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi failed, as evidenced by the continuation of human traffickers at work and the fact that migration influx into Italy didn't stop, pointing out that the estimated number of the Libyan reconstruction process indicated that it would reduce unemployment in neighboring countries by up to 10%. He also stressed that those numbers show the necessity of commitment in order for peace and democracy to be rooted in a country that had been suffering for a long time.
Regarding what Italy and the European Union can do in Libya, Pisay said that a unified response from the European Union is needed to obtain legitimacy on the part of the Libyan interlocutors. He stressed the need for the EU to exert more efforts to support the Libyan authorities in establishing a modern state with strong institutions and an independent judicial system.