Brussels European Council – Presidency Conclusions, October 2009

Sectors : Labour migration
Organisation : EU
Date made: 
2009
Level: 
Heads Of State
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Commitments in: Migration - Labour migration

“40. In this context the European Council:

− calls for additional efforts to adopt, implement and evaluate instruments to continue with the realisation of the Common European Asylum System, addressing the issue of internal secondary movements as well as the need for tangible and effective solidarity with Member States under particular pressure;

− calls for the enhancement of the operational capacities of FRONTEX as well as progress in its development and invites the Commission to present proposals to that end early 2010. Such an enhancement could be based on the following elements:

i) the preparation of clear common operational procedures containing clear rules of engagement for joint operations at sea, with due regard to ensuring protection for those in need who travel in mixed flows, in accordance with international law;

ii) increased operational cooperation between FRONTEX and countries of origin and transit;

iii) examination of the possibility of regular chartering financed by FRONTEX of joint return flights;

− invites the Commission and Member States to accelerate the implementation of the Global Approach to Migration with emphasis to its strategic and effective application, including the Regional Protection Programmes. In this context it will be essential to secure effective use of all relevant existing financial instruments;

− calls on the Presidency and the Commission to intensify the dialogue with Libya on managing migration and responding to illegal immigration, including cooperation at sea, border control and readmission;

− underlines the importance of readmission agreements as a tool for combating illegal immigration.”
 

Scope: 
International