Fidest – Agenzia giornalistica/press agency

Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 31 n° 259

The majority vote on refugees in EU regrettable, but signals the beginning of the end of EU paralysis on refugee crisis, says Claude Moraes

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 24 settembre 2015

refugees“It was always going to be regrettable for the member states to go to majority voting on the decision to relocate 120,000 asylum seekers, but this majority decision is hugely welcome. It is a relief, and after painfully slow progress it marks the beginning of the end of EU paralysis on refugees. What we want is an organised and compassionate EU solution to the refugee crisis. The decision on relocation is one crucial part of that solution – we have a long way to go, but this is the beginning”, said the Chair of the European Parliament’s Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs, Claude Moraes, on the results of today’s Justice and Home Affairs Council meeting.
Statement by Claude Moraes (S&D, UK), Chair of the European Parliament’s committee in charge of migration and asylum:”Member states must avoid lukewarm responses and move the debate from simply quarrelling about small figures to relocate and on to other pressing issues. Now is the time to move towards agreement on a permanent relocation mechanism to ensure fast and smooth responses to future emergency situations.At tomorrow’s extraordinary EU summit and on the Justice and Home Affairs Council meeting on 8 October, it is essential that EU member states match the ambitions of both the European Parliament and Commission and show solidarity in response to the refugee crisis.
Making sure that the identification and reception facilities at the “hotspots” in Italy and Greece will be fully functional, that judicial safeguards are respected in the returns directive, assessing safe countries and providing aid to the neighbouring countries housing the lion’s share of the refugees are issues that must be addressed as a matter of urgency.
Tomorrow the Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee will host an inter-parliamentary committee meeting with national parliamentarians to discuss these issues.The European Parliament has shown that it is ready to co-operate and engage in a dialogue with the Council and Commission on key issues, highlighted with our quick response to the emergency proposal to relocate 120,000 asylum seekers voted as a matter of urgency by the Plenary last week.As co-legislators on the permanent relocation mechanism and on the proposal on safe countries of origin, Parliament stands ready to work with member states to deliver a common response system that is worthy of Europe and will ensure the protection and help that the refugees are entitled to”.

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