Tensions over the migration issue increase in the EU. The European Parliament has decided to block the negotiation of two key regulations that make up the expected migration pact until the Twenty-seven make progress on the remaining part to close the entire formula: the crisis management regulation, which tries to regulate the response to “ extraordinary situations”, including when a third State uses migrants as a formula for destabilization, according to the latest drafts of the document.
The European Parliament is thus putting on hold the conversations with the Council – the so-called trilogues – to transform into legal text the regulations for the detection and identification of asylum seekers that already have the approval of the Twenty-Seven, as community sources have confirmed to EL PAÍS.
The European Parliament is thus seeking a pressure formula to accelerate the crisis management regulation, which the Spanish presidency of the Council of the EU is negotiating with the member states this semester and which is going so slowly that some fear it has been frozen.
The European Parliament already agreed on its position on this matter in April. The decision, of which the rest of the community institutions will be informed this Wednesday, coincides with the tensions over the controversial EU pact with Tunisia, which offers financial assistance to the country in exchange for border management policies and that the Commission wants to use as model for other countries. The pact with the Maghreb country, which has angered the Member States because the president of the Community Executive, Ursula von der Leyen, signed it without first consulting the Twenty-seven as established by the procedures, is about to collapse amidst the full increase in arrivals of migrants to Italy.
The capitals already alerted the Commission in July that for the next agreements – Brussels is now sounding out Egypt – it must respect the rules and consult first, as EL PAÍS reported. Now, in addition, the high representative for Foreign Policy and Defense, Josep Borrell, has reminded the Neighborhood Commissioner, Olivér Várhelyi, in a letter. “It appears that other memoranda are in the works with other Mediterranean neighbors, particularly Egypt. In practice, the Council is the one that must authorize the start of negotiations,” says the head of European diplomacy in the letter from early September that this newspaper has seen. As the matter becomes muddled, Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni has asked Brussels to accelerate the first payment to Tunisia.
Time passes and the Twenty-Seven do not seem to be in a hurry to close the last point of the migration pact, which had been stuck for years until last June the member states agreed to close two of the three remaining points, which establish the concept of “mandatory solidarity.” to welcome asylum seekers and establish a mandatory reception fee or a payment of 20,000 euros for each rejected migrant.
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