On a visit to the island of Lampedusa, where more than 280 migrants drowned on October 5, European Commission President José Manuel Barroso “made a strong appeal for burden sharing and a common EU position to tackle irregular migration flows,” reports the Times of Malta.

However, the daily notes that “Mr Barroso admitted that at the moment he could not do much more than allocate Italy an additional €30m in EU funds to improve its reception facilities and push the Commission to raise awareness among the 28 member states.”

Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta, who joined Barroso on Lampedusa, “announced that in 2014, when the EU Council will be under the presidency of Italy and Greece, a solution to the migration crisis will be the main target,” adds the Times of Malta.