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Regularisation of illegal immigrants' status: The Presidency and the Commission suggest the setting up of a system of mutual information and early warning between those in charge of migration and asylum policies

Date of release : 11-02-2005

Policy area : Justice and Home Affairs Justice and Home Affairs

Event : Justice and Home Affairs Council


In view of the upcoming "Justice and Home Affairs" (JHA) Council meeting, on 24 February 2005, and considering the recent decisions taken by one Member State regarding the regularisation of illegal immigrants' status, the Presidency and the Commission suggest to discuss the set up of a system of mutual information and early warning on important decisions to be taken in the Member States between those in charge of migration and asylum policies. In this context, the Minister Delegate for Foreign Affairs and Immigration, Nicolas Schmit, and the Vice-President of the Commission, Franco Frattini, addressed a letter to the "Justice and Home Affairs" Council  members:

"The Hague programme, adopted by the European Council of 4 and 5 November 2004, stipulates that on matters of international migrations 'a comprehensive approach, involving all stages of migration, with respect to the root causes of migration, entry and admission policies and integration and return policies is needed'.

At their meeting in November 2004, Heads of State and Government stated that 'to ensure such an approach, the European Council urges the Council, the Member States and the Commission to pursue coordinated, strong and effective working relations between those responsible for migration and asylum policies'.

Within the European Union, an area of freedom, security and justice characterised by the abolition of border controls and free movement of persons, immigration issues, with due respect of Member States’ competences, are of common interest.

Thus, in conformity with the Hague programme, according to the competences conferred by the Treaties and on the basis of the Commission’s communications, the Luxembourg Presidency and the Commission propose to continue reflections started under Dutch Presidency on the setting-up of a system of mutual information and early warning on important decisions to be taken in the Member States between those responsible for migration and asylum policies.

This initiative could be discussed at the upcoming Justice and Home Affairs Council. On the basis of a proposal to be submitted as soon as possible by the Commission, the Council could decide to set up such a system of mutual information and early warning in immigration matters."


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