×
ECR

Parliament migration vote is a huge missed opportunity

12 February 2019

Parliament migration vote is a huge missed opportunity

Proposals aimed at better securing the EU's external borders were dealt a blow last night after MEPs dramatically watered down draft laws put forward by the European Commission.

Following the migration and refugee crisis that exposed clear weaknesses in the EU’s existing mechanisms, the Commission put forward plans to make the European Border and Coast Guard Agency more effective. However, following yesterday’s vote in Parliament’s Civil Liberties Committee, the Agency will be burdened with several new conditions for processing applicants and returns that are already covered in other pieces of legislation.

The management of the EU’s external borders is a shared responsibility, and as part of the proposals the Agency is set to gain an additional 10,000 operational staff and a stronger mandate for returning migrants as well as improving cooperation with third countries. Following the vote in Parliament, the additional clauses added to the draft laws would render the Agency’s attempts at returning individuals incredibly burdensome, before any action has even started.

Speaking after the vote, ECR shadow rapporteur for the proposals Anders Vistisen said:

“This vote is a huge missed opportunity. Our whole migration system needs to be more efficient and gain the public’s trust. However the position adopted today does neither.

“Asylum applications need to be processed quicker as does the return of failed applicants. Adding new conditions and fundamental rights clauses, which already exist and are in place elsewhere, don’t actually benefit anyone and will make it impossible for the agency to ever get going and take any action to secure our borders.

“The European Border and Coast Guard Agency is a border security and management agency, not a fundamental rights agency. We shouldn’t be trying to duplicate standards and add additional layers of bureaucracy that don’t actually improve rights. All it does is prevent the agency from carrying out its job to effectively manage the EU’s external border and restore faith in our immigration system.”

The draft laws will now enter institutional negotiations between the Parliament and the Council of Ministers.

SHARE

ECR

OUR TWEETS

Janusz Wojciechowski

yesterday

W Komisji Rolnictwa i Rozwoju Wsi Parlamentu Europejskiego przedstawiłem informację o moich pierwszych działaniach… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

VOX Noticias

2 days ago

⛔🗨️ @vox_es denuncia la censura de @TwitterEspana a su cuenta oficial por una réplica a Adriana Lastra. Más de 24 h… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

ECR Group

yesterday

Register now for our first International Conference on Maritime Security and the Blue Economy, hosted by… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

ECR Group

2 days ago

Common sense prevails - left wing attempts to thwart EU investment in important gas infrastructure defeated in cruc… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

ECR Group

3 days ago

The deal with #Vietnam is a positive signal to the ASEAN and the rest of the world in times of rising trade tension… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

ECR Group

4 days ago

Starting at 10:00 - vote on the EU-Vietnam trade deal with @GeertBourgeois responsible for steering it through the… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

ECR Group

9 days ago

No you don't. The @EPPGroup specifically set out to exclude voters who have a different view on the #FutureofEuropetwitter.com/i/web/status/1…

ECR Group

9 days ago

"The #IranDeal JCPOA, and the unfreezing of funds did not improve the lives' of people - kleptocracy and military b… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

ECR Group

9 days ago

"The Conference on the #futureofeurope is simply regarded as a springboard for the next great leap forward in Europ… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

ECR Group

10 days ago

"Creative accounting & financial adventures will not get the @EU_Commission very far towards finding the one trilli… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…





© 2018. All rights reserved. European Conservatives and Reformists Group