Italy to fine migrant boats up to €50,000 for approaching without permission

The 18-article decree brings in fines of up to €50,000 for the captain, owner and operator of a vessel “entering Italian territorial waters without authorisation”, Salvini told reporters on Tuesday after a cabinet meeting.

Although charity vessels which rescue thousands of migrants are not mentioned they would be hit, with Salvini saying repeat offences would see vessels impounded.

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