At the summit, the EU heads of state and government agreed to strengthen presence in the Mediterranean to prevent more people from dying at sea. The extraordinary meeting on migration was held in Brussels on 23 April. Sweden was represented by Prime Minister Stefan Löfven, who highlighted the humanitarian aspect in the discussion.
"We are dismayed by the shipwreck in the Mediterranean in which a large number of people drowned on their way to Europe. The unscrupulous people-smugglers who exploit the situation of desperate people bear a large part of the responsibility. The reports of the tragedy are harrowing and heart-rending, and the EU must now take action and strengthen our joint measures to try to prevent a repeat of this tragedy", says Margot Wallström, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Morgan Johansson, Minister for Justice and Migration.
The Permanent Representation of Sweden to the EU is the first permanent representation in Brussels to get involved in the HeForShe movement, a campaign initiated by UN Women that aims to engage men and boys in the fight for gender equality.