EM Germany Newsletter CW 47/2022 | European migration and asylum policy
Climate change and migration were the two defining issues of the 2019 European elections. The European institutions have pledged to change the situation and promised progress. But while the EU has already been able to pass the first laws on the European Green Deal, the negotiations on reforming the Common European Asylum System are faltering.
With a new Pact on Migration and Asylum, the Commission wanted to break the negotiating deadlock on the Juncker Commission’s proposals in 2020. As our #EBDGrafik illustrates, more than two years later there are first outcomes, such as the establishment of an EU asylum agency.
Nevertheless, the living conditions of refugees at the EU’s external borders are far too often shameful, civilian sea rescue operations in the Mediterranean continue to be criminalised, and many questions about the Screening Regulation and the proposed legal fiction of non-entry remain unanswered. Last but not least, the flawed Dublin III system remains in place. So far, there is only an agreement of 21 states that temporarily commit to take in refugees. I therefore welcome the fact that the Czech Council Presidency is currently trying to involve all Member States in this responsibility through new compromises.
It is also positive that the European Parliament has agreed with the current and upcoming Council Presidencies to finalise the overall package by February 2024. After all, migration will again be a decisive election issue in the European elections of 2024, and until then we absolutely need a functioning European asylum system, so that the EU lives up to its values.
Therefore, as laid down in our Political Demands, a genuine community asylum and migration policy is one of our priority call.
Dr. Linn Selle
President of the European Movement Germany
EM Germany News
Exchange on the cooperation of the EM Germany with the German Foreign Office | At the meeting of our Secretary General Bernd Hüttemann with Julian Fricke, Interim Head of the European Staff of the German Foreign Office on 17 November, transparency in the Council, the future of Europe in the Ukraine war and the close cooperation with the German Foreign Office were on the agenda. The exchange with our institutional partners is a pillar of the successful work of the EM Germany. | More (in German)
Europe at a turning point – EESC in focus on the Strategic Compass | In the face of the war in Ukraine and the collapse of the previous European peace order, a sustainable increase in the EU’s security policy capacity to act has become necessary. At the „EESC in Focus on the Strategic Compass“ event on 16 November, European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) members Christian Moos, rapporteur on the Strategic Compass and EM Germany board member, and Peter Clever, co-rapporteur, moderated by Markus Vennewald, discussed the EESC’s view of the Strategic Compass with participants. | More (in German)
EM Germany Board sets the European policy course for 2023 | The first meeting of the new EM Germany Board was dominated by the current European policy challenges. The climate and energy crisis, rising inflation and the Russian war of aggression confirm the need for close coordination between EU member states. On 11 November, under the leadership of Vice President Michael Gahler MEP, the Board discussed answers to European challenges together with Georg Pfeifer, Head of the Liaison Office of the European Parliament. | More (in German)
Fiscal policy measures in times of crisis – De-Briefing ECOFIN & Euro-Group | At the Euro-Group and ECOFIN meeting on 7 and 8 November, topics such as the current economic situation, growing inflation and rising public debt were on the agenda. At the EM Germany De-Briefing ECOFIN and Euro Group on 9 November at the Sparkassenhaus, De-Briefer Dr. Judith Hermes, Head of the European Department at the German Federal Ministry of Finance (BMF), gave an insight into the meetings of the Euro Group and the Council. After a welcoming address by the Chief Economist of the German Savings Banks Association (DSGV), Dr. Reinhold Rickes, Hermes, moderated by EM Germany Secretary General Bernd Hüttemann, answered the questions. | More (in German)
In order to contain the spread of the COVID-19 virus, the EM Germany hosts its events as video conferences whenever possible.
02.12.2022 | EP Rapporteur in dialogue with Jens Geier MEP
12.12.2022 | EM Germany De-Briefing EPSCO
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