Magazine article European Social Policy

Immigration/asylum : Barrot Presses Meps to Agree on Migration Proposals

Magazine article European Social Policy

Immigration/asylum : Barrot Presses Meps to Agree on Migration Proposals

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EU Transport Commissioner Jacques Barrot, wearing the justice commissioner's hat while Franco Frattini campaigns in the Italian elections, has made an attempt to convince MEPs to speed up the adoption of several legislative proposals in the area of migration and asylum. At a hearing in the European Parliament's Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee (LIBE), on 8 April, he called for an agreement on a number of dossiers before the Lisbon Treaty could come into force next year.

"I hope the Parliament will help us in the next few months. All institutions should be determined to see a balanced migration policy," the French commissioner said. His call reflected fears that acts that in some cases have been in the pipeline for years could be scrapped and the discussion on them started from scratch if not adopted before the new treaty is ratified. The treaty will extend Parliament's co-decision powers to many aspects of JHA policy.

Barrot, who admitted that he is still getting to grips with Frattini's portfolio, specifically mentioned the need for adoption of the directive seeking a greater harmonisation of the sanctions for employers of illegal immigrants, proposed on 16 May 2007. "We need progress, this is one of the most crucial tools in tackling illegal migration," Barrot said.

TROUBLE WITH RETURN DIRECTIVE

He also called for an agreement on the long-awaited Directive on common standards and procedures for returning illegally staying third-country nationals (Return Directive), proposed back in 2005. …

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