The Prime Minister replied to a question from French MP Didier Quentin on Wednesday 25 June, during question time in the National Assembly, concerning the Schengen Area, the accession of Bulgaria and Romania to this area and on immigration in general.
"We need to treat these issues seriously and methodically, taking inspiration, for example, from the process the Spanish have launched with the support of the European Union, Senegal, Mauritania and Morocco", said Manuel Valls. "It is also with the Italians (...) that we need to build, in an entirely different situation due to the climate in Libya, an immigration policy which involves operations but also co-operations with the most affected countries", he continued.
Evoking the work of the European Council, the Prime Minister specified that "there are two clear ideas: the strengthening of the entire framework with regard to immigration (...) and European coastguards". "If we want to build the European Union, if we want it to overcome the difficulties it is currently experiencing, if we want to meet the expectations of the people on this matter (...), we have to get serious", Manuel Valls declared. "We cannot build a policy for immigration and the regulation of migratory flows in Europe by threatening to leave the Schengen Area", he concluded.