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Brussels wants to go after airlines and travel companies that facilitate “smuggling or human trafficking” in Belarus

The European Commission wants to prosecute and sanction airlines and travel agencies that facilitate “trafficking or human trafficking”, as is happening now with Belarus. “The recent events at the EU border with Belarus could not have taken place without certain transport operators, knowingly or unknowingly, contributing to the exploitation of people, at enormous human cost and for security at the external borders of the country. EU and stability in the region “, states the Community Executive:” The Commission proposes a new legal framework that allows the EU to adopt specific measures against operators of any means of transport (land, air, or inland and sea) , who participate in or facilitate smuggling or human trafficking into the European Union “.

EU tightens sanctions against Belarus “for hybrid attacks with migrants”

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And what measures are we talking about? “The type of measures could include the limitation of operations in the Union market, the suspension of licenses or authorizations, the suspension of rights to refuel or carry out maintenance within the EU, and the prohibition of transit or flying over the EU, make stops or stopovers in the EU “, says the European Commission.

“The EU has suffered a hybrid attack organized by the Lukashenko regime”, said the president of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, this Tuesday in the European Parliament: “It is not a migratory crisis, it is the attempt of a regime It is dictatorial to destabilize its democratic neighbors, a regime that we do not recognize in the EU. This blackmail has had the opposite effect: all of Europe has remained united with Poland, Lithuania and Latvia. ”

“The Lukashenko regime exploits people taking advantage of their suffering to benefit for their own ends. It has no scruples,” said the president of the Community Executive: “We have agreed with the US to coordinate our sanctions and cooperate with the countries of origin and the airlines that transport migrants. Different airlines have stopped flights to Belarus, Iraq has begun to repatriate people. Belarus’s strategy is based on the complicity of human smugglers and travel agencies. These migrants have fallen into the trap of false promises, that is why we propose to establish a black list for companies in the transport sector. The European Commission has proposed a new legislative rule and I count on your quick response. Regarding borders, we have always supported Member States, both in the This as in the South. The new European budget foresees 6,400 million euros for the management of the external borders of the EU in the 2021-2027 budget [3.700 millones a los Estados miembros; y otros 2.700 millones de forma flexible, incluida la ayuda de emergencia]. And we have decided to triple the border funds for Poland, Latvia and Lithuania with an additional 200 million. ”

Iratxe García, president of the Socialists and Democrats, said in the European Parliament: “Demand that humanitarian assistance be guaranteed, let’s not get caught up in the extreme right’s agenda, but rather defend the Europe that broke down walls, the Europe of the solidarity. Let us take the opportunity to face new threats, we are part of a union of values ​​”.

Lukashenko: “Migrants may have been helped to enter the EU”

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko told the BBC that it is “absolutely possible” that his military forces have assisted the migrants to cross into Poland, but denies that they have been invited. Thousands of immigrants, mainly from the Middle East, have tried to enter the EU through Belarus for months.

In an interview with the BBC, Alexander Lukashenko said: “We are Slavs. We have hearts. Our troops know that immigrants are going to Germany. Maybe someone helped them. I am not even going to investigate this.”

The EU, NATO and the US have accused the Belarusian leader of luring immigrants to the border with the false promise of easy entry into the EU. Something that he has denied in the interview: “I told them [a la UE] I’m not going to stop the migrants at the border, and if they keep coming from now on, I won’t stop them either, because they don’t come to my country, they go to yours. But I didn’t invite them. And to be honest, I don’t want them to go through Belarus. ”

Lukashenko has been in power since 1994, but his re-election as president last year was rejected by the West and not recognized by the EU.


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