Opinions on immigration and asylum - page 1

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  • 5 Jul 2017
    State of implementation of legal migration legislation Adopted References: SOC/553 EESC-2016-06698-00-01-ri-tra Referral Rapporteur: Del Rio (Workers - GR II / Italy) Plenary Session: 527 - 5 Jul 2017 - 6 Jul 2017 (Summary Plenary Session)

    In its evaluation of the implementation of EU directives on legal migration from the perspective of organised civil society in selected Member States, the EESC considers the impact of these directives to be generally positive, albeit partial and fragmented. It also notes the impact of irregular migration on the directives' applicability.

    The EESC provides a series of recommendations, covering the design of wider legal channels for labour migration; the role of the social partners and other organisations in this field; a simplified implementation of the directives and the modification of some of them; fact-based discourse to better inform the general public, integration and the fight against discrimination.

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  • 27 Apr 2017
    European travel information and authorisation system (ETIAS) Adopted References: SOC/556 EESC-2016-06889-00-00-ac-tra Referral - Rapporteur: Simons (Employers - GR I / Netherlands) Plenary Session: 525 - 26 Apr 2017 - 27 Apr 2017 (Summary Plenary Session)

    The EESC considers the intention to create ETIAS as a currently inevitable step corresponding to the threats caused by external and internal circumstances. ETIAS should be based on the right balance between risks and safety, at the same time avoiding increased administrative burdens and barriers for people travelling to the EU. The Committee stresses that ETIAS should fully respect the fundamental rights of applicants and avoid any discrimination. All data gathered by the system must be protected and access to it should be strictly limited. All applicants should be allowed to use the services of intermediaries to obtain the travel authorisation, if needed. However, the costs charged by these intermediaries for their services should be monitored and evaluated by EU delegations in the third countries.

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  • 15 Feb 2017
    EESC Opinion - Establishing a new Partnership Framework with third countries under the European Agenda on Migration Adopted References: REX/478 Referral - Rapporteur: Cristian Pîrvulescu (Various interests - GR III / Romania) Plenary Session: 523 - 22 Feb 2017 - 23 Feb 2017

    The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) believes that the European Agenda on Migration should be designed so as to take into full consideration the humanitarian dimension of its scope, and the EU should not forget its fundamental commitments and legally binding rules to protect lives and human rights, especially of people in danger. The EESC supports the vision to provide a long-term response to migration, addressing the root causes of migration and creating a dialogue with third countries based on cooperation and shared responsibility. Tailored and specific agreements with each country, with full respect of human rights are also supporter. Flexibility provides the right perspective and combination of actions and incentives.

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    EESC opinion: REX/478 - Establishing a new Partnership Framework with third countries under the European Agenda on Migration

  • 7 Feb 2017
    REX/485 - Renewed ACP Partnership Ongoing References: REX/485 Referral - Rapporteur: Brenda King (Employers - GR I / United Kingdom)

    The Commission recently published a Communication on a Renewed Partnership with the ACP Group of countries. ACP-EU relations are currently governed by the Cotonou Partnership Agreement that will expire in 2020, therefore the Commission has published recommendations on what the future structure should be. Last year the EESC already drafted a general opinion on the post-Cotonou framework; this new opinion will have to answer specifically to the Commission's communication.

  • 26 Jan 2017
    REX/487 - EU development partnerships and the challenge posed by international tax agreements Ongoing References: REX/487 Own-initiative Rapporteur: Gajdosik Alfred (Various interests - GR III / Austria) Co-rapporteur: Wagnsonner Thomas (Workers - GR II / Austria)
  • 25 Jan 2017
    EU Resettlement Framework Adopted References: SOC/548 EESC-2016-05234-00-00-ac Referral - Rapporteur: Moos (Various interests - GR III / Germany) Plenary Session: 522 - 25 Jan 2017 - 26 Jan 2017 (Summary Plenary Session) OJ C 125, 21.4.2017, p. 40–45

    The Committee supports the European Commission proposal for the creation of a Union Resettlement Framework and calls for a genuine common asylum policy that respects European values. It calls for the common criteria for resettlement to focus on people's need for protection, not on the third country's effective cooperation on asylum and it considers the "first country of asylum" and "safe third country" concepts to be open to question due to the current unsafe and unstable situation in the third countries and regions concerned. The Committee calls for the resettlement programme to be uncoupled from partnership agreements that aim to encourage third countries to prevent refugees from fleeing, as this carries the risk of infringing international law and fundamental rights. Moreover it recommends that the EU and its Member States should have a stronger institutional presence in particularly hard-hit countries of origin and transit, and that these countries should be helped by increasing their capacity for local reception and protection.

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  • 14 Dec 2016
    Towards a coherent EU labour immigration policy with regard to the EU Blue Card Adopted References: SOC/539 EESC-2016-02508-00-00-ac Referral - Rapporteur: Clever (Employers - GR I / Germany) Plenary Session: 521 - 14 Dec 2016 - 15 Dec 2016 (Summary Plenary Session) OJ C 75, 10.3.2017, p. 75–80

    The opinion welcomes the revision of the Blue Card, since it makes the card more attractive as a way of entering the EU.

    However, the Committee considers that Commission's proposal to replace parallel national schemes with a single EU-wide scheme goes too far, and prefers that Member States maintain their own routes for admitting highly qualified workers alongside the EU Blue Card.

    The opinion agrees with the measures to facilitate granting of the card, but expresses scepticism about the application of lower salary thresholds.

    Finally the opinion recalls that equal opportunities and non-discrimination must be guaranteed in the employing of third-county nationals and that close involvement of national and European social partners is needed in this field.


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  • 14 Dec 2016
    CEAS Reform II Adopted References: SOC/547 EESC-2016-04410-00-00-ac Referral - Rapporteur: Moreno Díaz (Workers - GR II / Spain) Co-rapporteur: Pîrvulescu (Various interests - GR III / Romania) Plenary Session: 521 - 14 Dec 2016 - 15 Dec 2016 (Summary Plenary Session) OJ C 75, 10.3.2017, p. 97–102

    In this opinion the EESC supports further harmonisation of the Common European Asylum System (CEAS) and welcomes the proposed improvements. However, it is concerned about some limitations of fundamental rights of asylum seekers. It sets out specific recommendations on the three proposals for: the Qualification Regulation, the Common Procedure Regulation and the Standards of Reception Directive, taking into account the human rights perspective, in line with the opinion on CEAS Reform I.

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    EESC opinion: CEAS Reform II

  • 14 Dec 2016
    Lives in Dignity: from Aid-dependence to Self-reliance Adopted References: REX/469 EESC-2016 Referral Rapporteur: Michael McLoughlin (Various interests - GR III / Ireland) Plenary Session: 521 - 14 Dec 2016 - 15 Dec 2016

    Development responses to forced displacement should be tailored for each geographic region, whilst ensuring joined-up action across the European Commission and other institutions. While a development-led approach can produce considerable results with the current budget, the need for extra resources should not be ruled out. Civil society, end users, development partners and NGOs should be involved in the delivery and in making the Commission's Communication operational. Social and civil dialogue structures and processes should be enhanced and improved in partner and host countries to assist with its delivery. Entrepreneurship in the affected regions should be supported and developed as a viable development path for many forcibly displaced people. Education and training responses should be based on a lifelong learning approach. The possibility of making EU programmes available to forcibly displaced people should be considered. Dedicated approaches to key issues for women and young people should be developed. These groups must be consulted and involved in any delivery. Particular attention should also be paid to mental health conditions in forcibly displaced people. The highest standards of accountability and transparency should be applied in moving towards a development approach.

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    EESC opinion: Lives in Dignity: from Aid-dependence to Self-reliance

  • 19 Oct 2016
    CEAS Reform I Adopted References: SOC/543 EESC-2016-02981-00-00-ac Referral - Rapporteur: Moreno Díaz (Workers - GR II / Spain) Plenary Session: 520 - 19 Oct 2016 - 20 Oct 2016 (Summary Plenary Session) OJ C 34, 2.2.2017, p. 144–150

    An efficient reform of the Common European Asylum System (CEAS) is essential. While the EESC approves of the proposal to improve and speed up the determination of Member State responsible for examining an asylum application, it calls for including protective provisions on procedural issues, individual treatment of applications, maintenance of discretionary clauses, maintenance of the deadline for the cessation of obligation for a Member State to assume responsibility and the rights of applicants.

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    EESC opinion: CEAS Reform I

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