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Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 31 n° 321

MEPs want a binding and permanent scheme to distribute asylum seekers in the EU

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 17 luglio 2015

european parliamentA binding emergency mechanism to relocate an initial total of 40,000 asylum seekers from Italy and Greece to other EU member states was backed by civil liberties MEPs on Thursday. An upcoming permanent scheme, on which Parliament will decide jointly with the Council, must be based “on a more substantial contribution to solidarity and responsibility-sharing among member states”, MEPs say.”Parliament’s civil liberties committee has shown the Council today what’s what. While member states are muddling through and cannot agree on how to distribute 40,000 refugees, our committee has supported a binding distribution key by a large majority. There is no doubt that in the domain of migration policy, Europe obtains results only if all countries work together. We are also calling for a permanent distribution mechanism which must go substantially beyond the current proposals,” said the civil liberties committee rapporteur, Ska Keller (Greens/EFA, DE).
“It is particularly important that refugees are not sent as pieces of cargo through the EU, but that their preferences are taken into account. This is the only way to support the integration of refugees and prevent them from moving to another member state. Respecting the interests of refugees is essential for the success of the distribution key,” she added. The legislative resolution was approved by 42 votes to 14.
Parliament is consulted on this temporary emergency relocation mechanism under Article 78(3) of the Treaty. EU home affairs ministers will meet on 20 July to discuss it. Parliament will vote on its position in September. Once it has been adopted by the Council the decision will enter into force on the day after its publication in the EU Official Journal. When a permanent relocation system is proposed – which the Commission has said it will do by the end of the year – Parliament will have codecison powers, meaning that it will decide on the permanent scheme on an equal footing with the Council of the EU (member states).

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