Magazine article European Social Policy

Return Directive - Dossier : Shadow Rapporteur: There Are No Positive Sides to This Proposal

Magazine article European Social Policy

Return Directive - Dossier : Shadow Rapporteur: There Are No Positive Sides to This Proposal

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If there is no first-reading agreement on the Return Directive, there is chance for a second reading, said the European Parliament's shadow rapporteur on the directive, Martine Roure (PES, France). Voicing her strong disagreement with rapporteur Manfred Weber (EPP-ED, Germany) in an interview with Europolitics, Roure said that the Socialist group will present amendments to rectify what they see as the biggest faults of the proposal.

Why are you against the current compromise on the Return Directive? What is the biggest problem you have?

The biggest problem is the detention limit - six months maximum, with the possibility of prolonging by further 12 months. We do not agree at all with these time limits, they are too long. But this is not the only problem, we have others. We also want the priority for voluntary departure, but it has disappeared from the text.

As for the legal reviews of detention, we wanted the judges to review the legality of detention between 48 and 72 hours after its start. We have said 48 hours, the European Commission 72 hours, but the Council has said that it would be done in an appropriate time. And as for the detention of minors, we did not want to see children locked up in detention centres. We want member states to set up special centres for minors with education facilities. That is not a part of the proposal either.

We also have another problem with the re-entry ban. It is very dangerous, because the expelled persons could have a big problem in their countrya- tomorrow, next week, in two months - and we will not be able to provide safe haven for them, it will be banned. And that is unacceptable.

These concerns aside, do you not find any positive sides at all to the compromise proposal?

I do not see any.

So you do not think that it is better to have this text than nothing?

There are no positive points, because this proposal, due to the Council, is repressive. …

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