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Partnerskapsram med tredjeländer för migration

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Opinion Number: CDR 4555/2016
Rapporteur: BOSSMAN Peter
Commission: CIVEX
Status: Adopted
Date: 08/02/2017
 
to welcome the Communication on "Establishing a New Partnership Framework" and to underline that urgent action is needed to tackle the root causes of irregular migration and forced displacement;
to highlight that local and regional authorities can and should play a role in the joint effort with the EU and national level and with third countries to implement comprehensive migration partnerships (compacts;)
to support the short term objective to save lives in the Mediterranean sea and the aim to increase the rate of returns to countries of origin and transit and enable migrants and refugees to stay as close as possible to their homes;
to note however the need to strike a careful balance between returns and targeted migration;
to underline the need for EU, as well as reducing the possibilities for irregular entry, to put in place pathways for people to come to the EU legally- whether to seek international protection, or to seek work, education, research or investment opportunities;
See pages 6-20 of the follow-up report drafted by the European Commission: https://cor.europa.eu/en/our-work/Documents/Opinions/73threportCoRFollow-upopinions.pdf

THE EUROPEAN COMMITTEE OF THE REGIONS

 welcomes the Communication on "Establishing a New Partnership Framework", as it underlines the fact that the migration problem is complex and has to be tackled on different levels;

 supports and acknowledges the need for the EU to speak with a single voice and to involve all relevant stakeholders and institutions. Local and regional authorities can and should play a role in the joint effort with the EU and national level and with third countries to implement comprehensive migration partnerships (compacts);

 calls for establishment of hotspots to third countries, for people requesting international protection;

 agrees that the EU needs to put in place pathways for people to come to the EU legally - whether to seek international protection, or to seek work, education, research or investment opportunities;

 fully supports the short term objective to save lives in the Mediterranean sea; supports the aim to increase the rate of returns and readmission to countries of origin and enable migrants and refugees to stay as close as possible to their homes and to avoid embarking on dangerous journeys to reach Europe;

 welcomes the proposed External Investment Plan package for Africa and EU Neighbourhood countries aimed at mobilising investments and boosting job creation in partner countries;

 urges, therefore, the EC to involve the CoR in the design of the plan as the voice of local and regional authorities in the EU, many of which have extensive experience in development cooperation.

Importance

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Meeting in the European Parliament

Joint meeting DEVE/AFET
Exchange of views with Karen AbuZayd, Special Adviser on the UN Summit on Addressing Large Movements of Refugees and Migrants (summit on 19 Septermber)
Exchange of views with the Commission and the EEAS

 
01 Sep
 

Meeting in DG DEVCO

Exchange of views with Ms Camilla Hagstrom, Head of Sector Migration and Asylum,nit B.3 Migration, Employment, Inequalities, EC DG DEVCO

 
30 Aug
 

Meeting in the European Parliament

Exchange of views on "Migration, displacement and development in a changing Arab world" with Karoline Popp, from International Organisation for Migration - mena Regional Office during the AFET Committee meeting
Exchange of views on "EU cooperation with third countries: ambitions and results following the Valletta summit (11-12 November 2015)" with Mbarka Bouaida, Minister attached to the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of the Kingdom of Morocco and Ambassador Hisham Badr, Assistant Foreign Minister of Multilateral Affairs of Egypt
Mr Bossman attended the meeting and has been given the floor during the discussions. He informed that the CoR is preparing an opinion and stressed that local authorities are strongly impacted by the migration flows in several ways having to provide services like housing, education, health etc.

 
30 Aug