10 Oct, 2023

Crisis regulation: Crucial steps for EU migration solutions

Renew Europe welcomed the breakthrough in the European Council on the Crisis regulation, an important step for the finalisation of a Migration and Asylum Pact before the end of the mandate. 

The informal agreement reached by the EU Ambassadors at their meeting last week, paving the way for the Council to adopt a position, means that inter-institutional negotiations on all the regulations of the Pact will now be able to start. 

ALDE Party Vice-President Malik Azmani MEP (VVD, NL), Renew Europe’s negotiator on the Crisis and Force Majeure Regulation, welcomed the deal: “With today's agreement on the Crisis regulation, we have the final piece of the Migration Pact puzzle in place. Yet, there is still a lot of work to be done to deliver on reforming the EU's migration and asylum system, for all actors involved.” 

“It is our duty to all European citizens to bring solutions to the challenges of migration, especially during crises. We must now use this momentum to reach an agreement for a truly European migration and asylum system. Let's rapidly start the inter-institutional negotiations on the Crisis regulation and finish the work before this mandate ends.” 

The Migration and Asylum Pact aims to establish: 

  • A balance between solidarity and responsibility among EU countries in migration management 
  • Faster asylum procedures including a simpler and harmonised procedure across the EU 
  • Measures to strengthen the EU’s external borders with operational support from Frontex 
  • Concrete tools to increase preparedness of EU countries on the frontline to handle crises 

This is a crucial development that brings us closer to completing the Migration and Asylum Pact before the mandate concludes. 

Other crucial pillars in reforming the EU’s Asylum and Migration system include more effective return mechanisms for individuals whose asylum requests had been rejected, and safe legal pathways from third countries to the EU for vulnerable persons benefiting from international protection. 

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