13 May 2015

Press Release: ‘New EU-25 agenda on Migration: a Comprehensive Solution or a set of Stopgap Measures?’

Today (13 May), First Vice-President Frans Timmermans, HR/VP Federica Mogherini, and Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos presented the new EU Agenda on Migration, putting forward the key principles and actions to improve the EU’s capacity to manage migration flows as well as to address challenges and opportunities of migration for 2015-2020. SOLIDAR is concerned that the approach envisaged in this Agenda is too unbalanced on the side of securing boarders than on guaranteeing human rights for everyone and does not respond to our expectations of enhancing solidarity and responsibility-sharing systems.

SOLIDAR is concerned that the approach envisaged in the new EU Agenda is too unbalanced on the side of securing boarders than on guaranteeing human rights for everyone. This document seems to confirm the intention of EU leaders to prioritise border controls over the plight of people seeking protection by proceeding on the direction of reinforcing the Fortress Europe’s approach, although its inefficiency in preventing deaths and protection human rights has been proved. Since the presentation of Juncker’s political guidelines last year, in which the need to improve EU migration policy was one of the priorities, SOLIDAR has been on the frontline to call for solidarity and respect of human rights to be put at the heart of such an initiative.
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