On Wednesday 23 September 2020, the European Commission published the much awaited New Pact on Migration and Asylum. The package covers all the elements that are needed for a comprehensive European approach to migration and it includes:
- More effective asylum procedures
- A modern external border management
- An effective solidarity in managing migration
- An accent on skills and complementary pathways
- Deepened international partnerships with key countries of origin and transit
- Flexibility and resilience in response to unexpected crisis
The package proposals deliver on President von der Leyen’s commitment in her Political Guidelines to present a new Pact on Migration and Asylum. The Pact is based on in-depth consultations with the European Parliament, all Member States, civil society and social partners. This is a major step in the European Commission’s efforts to rebuild trust between Member States, and to consolidate a cooperative migration-management EU.
CEEP is looking forward to the next steps ahead, and especially the adoption of a new comprehensive Action Plan on integration and inclusion for 2021-2024, and the political agreement that the European Parliament and the Council are expected to reach in their process to examine and adopt the full set of legislation necessary to make a truly common EU asylum and migration policy a reality.
The Pact is high on the agenda of the European Social and Economic Partners, that were called upon in the past months to renew their commitment in integrating refugees in the economic recovery phase from COVID-19. On 7 September 2020, Commissioners Johansson and Schmit and representatives of the five Social and Economic Partners organisations (CEEP, ETUC, Business Europe, SMEUnited, Eurochambres) reached an agreement and renewed their commitment to the European Partnership for Integration through a Joint Statement. On that occasion, the Commission published a press release with statements by Commissioners Johansson and Schmit as well as Vice-Presidents Schinas and Dombrovskis. CEEP also published a Press Release on 8 September 2020, with a statement by the General Secretary Valeria Ronzitti.
CEEP is currently responding to the European Commission’s DG Home EU-wide public consultation to gather views on new actions that could be taken at EU level to promote the integration and social inclusion of migrants and people with a migrant background. The Commission seeks to gather input from a broad range of stakeholders including national, regional and local authorities, civil society organisations, social and economic partners, businesses, education and training providers, academia, cultural and sport organisations, migrant organisations and private individuals. The results of the consultation will contribute to the development of the Action Plan on integration and inclusion announced in the Commission’s work programme.
Finally, the new Greek Pilot Action video was published yesterday in the framework of the Labour-INT 2 project that CEEP is carrying out together with the ETUC and the other social and economic partners, thanks to the DG Home co-financing.
Should you wish to receive any information regarding CEEP activities in the field of migration and integration, to contribute to the public consultation, or to get a general overview of the Commission’s Pact on Migration and Asylum, do not hesitate to contact CEEP Project Manager Carlotta Astori.