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Approval of the European Commission 2019-2024 |

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27.11.2019 – Today MEPs at a plenary session in Strasbourg confirmed the mandate of the new European Commission. Ursula von der Leyen, who represented the College of Commissioners, thus became the first female President of the European Commission. Among the main challenges mentioned by von der Leyen are the promotion of European values, climate change, [...]

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Commission increases emergency assistance for Spain to €32 million

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3.8.2018 – the Commission awarded an additional €3 million in emergency assistance under the Internal Security Fund (ISF) to support Spain in responding to the recent migratory pressure. The assistance will mainly support the costs linked to the deployment of extra staff from the Guardia Civil to the southern borders of Spain. This support brings [...]

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Less red tape

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6.7.2018 – The European Parliament endorsed the European Commission’s proposal to simplify the rules on cohesion policy funds for the period 2014-2020. The revised rules, which will enter into force at the end of July, bring more possibilities of integration between the European Strategic Investment Fund (EFSI), which is the pillar of the Juncker Plan, [...]

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Eurobarometer: Integration measures are a necessary investment in the long-run

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13.4.2018 – According to a Eurobarometer survey published today, 69% of Europeans believe that integration measures are a necessary investment in the long-run and a similar proportion view integration as a two-way process for both migrants and host societies. Europeans tend to agree on the main factors that may facilitate or prevent integration as well [...]

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Authorization to approve EU and UN global agreement on the migration

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21.3.2018 – Today, the European Commission asked the EU Member States for the power to approve, on behalf of the EU, the United Nations global agreement on safe, orderly and legal migration. The mandate will allow the Commission to put forward the views and interests of the EU in relation to policies in this field [...]

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Border control agreement

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12.2.2018 – Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship Dimitris Avramopoulos and Fatmir Xhafaj, Minister of Interior of the Republic of Albania, initialled the draft status agreement for operational cooperation between the European Border and Coast Guard Agency and Albania.Once in force, the agreement will allow the Agency to provide assistance in the field of [...]

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Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland breaching their legal obligations

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6.9.2017-In four progress reports adopted today, the Commission is calling on all parties to sustain and further accelerate the good progress made in managing irregular migration flows, protecting the EU external borders and supporting the frontline Member States under pressure. With 27,695 persons relocated so far, the EU relocation mechanism is working and delivering results. [...]

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African and European leaders agreed on migration plan

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28.8. 2017- Seven African and European leaders have met in Paris to try to build a new relationship aimed at cutting migration into Europe from northern Africa in return for aid. On Monday, the leaders of France, Germany, Italy, and Spain agreed to help Chad and Niger with border control to stem the flow of [...]

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European Court of Justice rules on migration rules in Austria and Slovenia

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27.7.2017-European Court of Justice rules it was lawful to return migrants to Croatia, the country where they entered the EU. Austria and Slovenia were entitled to deport migrants during the 2015-2016 migration crisis back to the state where they first arrived, according to a ruling from the European Court of Justice on Wednesday. The case [...]

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EC calls on Member States to make efforts to implement migration measures

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12.6.2017-Meeting in Strasbourg today ahead of next week’s European Council, the Commission will present four progress reports on measures taken under the European Agenda on Migration. The Commission will review the progress made in the EU’s emergency relocation and resettlement schemes and, as announced in its previous progress report, will specify its position on making [...]

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Malta Declaration by the members of the European Council on the external aspects of migration: addressing the Central Mediterranean route

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We welcome and support the Maltese Presidency’s efforts to take forward all elements of the EU’s comprehensive migration policy. We reaffirm our determination to act in full respect of human rights, international law and European values, and in conjunction with UNHCR and IOM. A key element of a sustainable migration policy is to ensure effective [...]

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Return intervention Team

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The European Border and Coast Guard Agency has formally launched the European Return Intervention Teams composed of 690 return specialists, return escorts and return monitors. The Agency will now be able to deploy these experts to support Member States to organise and coordinate return operations and cooperate with third-countries on returns and readmission, whenever considered [...]

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Austria will maintain border controls ‘indefinitely’

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“A return to Schenghen borders is not ‘justifiable”, said an interior minister of Austria, on the 6 January 2017. “As long as the European Union is not in a position to protect its external borders, Austria will rely on national measures.” Interior Minister Wolfgang Sobotka told the German newspaper. “It’s essential to our own security [...]

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Commission awards €25 million to the European Asylum Support Office in Greece

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The European Commission has awarded €25 million in emergency funding on 24 May 2016 to the European Asylum Support Office (EASO) to enhance its capacity to further support the Greek authorities. These additional resources will be used to support the implementation of the EU-Turkey Statement and the EU emergency relocation scheme. The funding is provided [...]

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The refusal of the migrants will cost

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On May 4, 2016, the European Commission presented proposals to reform the Common European Asylum System by creating a fairer, more efficient and more sustainable system for allocating asylum applications among the Member States. The basic principle will remain the same – asylum seekers should unless they have family elsewhere, apply for asylum in the [...]

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