10 August 2004
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The newly-appointed EU Commissioner, Rocco Buttiglione from Italy, for the renamed Directorate-General for "Justice, Freedom and Security" in the Commission has come out in favour of the creation of a refugee detention centre in north Africa to hold and "process" refugees and asylum-seekers. In an interview with Deutschlandfunk he said this was a "good idea" to create processing centres in countries such as Tunisia.
It is reported that the idea will be discussed at yet another meeting of the "G5" EU states (Germany, Spain, Italy, France and the UK) in October.
see: euobserver, see: eupolitixs
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