Magazine article Europe-East

Justice and Home Affairs : Talks to Open with Cape Verde, Moldova on Mobility Partnerships'

Magazine article Europe-East

Justice and Home Affairs : Talks to Open with Cape Verde, Moldova on Mobility Partnerships'

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EU interior ministers agreed, at their meeting on 6-7 December, to the launching of negotiations with Cape Verde and Moldova on giving their citizens privileged access to the EU labour market.

The negotiations, to be conducted primarily by the European Commission, will be for the creation of so-called mobility partnerships'. These partnerships, proposed by the Commission in a policy paper on 16 May 2007, are seen as a type of pact that could be developed between the EU and selected third countries. The intention is that the pacts will include specific commitments from non-EU countries to combat illegal immigration. In return, their citizens could benefit from favourable treatment from the EU, notably improved access to national labour markets.

According to a set of draft Council conclusions, the intention is to use Cape Verde and Moldova as pilot projects, in order to gather experience.

It is not clear, as yet, what exact offers the EU will be able to make to the two countries. Notably, it is unclear which specific member states will make offers to grant preferential access to their labour markets (a key point, as this remains a national competence). The Council conclusions stress that "the contents of individual mobility partnerships may vary considerably from one country to another, reflecting the specific characteristics of each situation and the respective objectives, priorities and security concerns" of the EU and its member states.

The Council conclusions also note that "exploratory discussions" will be taken forward with a number of other interested third countries, with a view to perhaps launching additional pilot mobility partnerships. …

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