VIDEO: EP debate on the Green Paper on the right to family reunification of third-country nationals living in the EU
27/02/2012 - EU-wide - English
Posted by : Integration Expert
During the last plenary session in Strasbourg MEPs, together with the representative of the Commission debated on the effectiveness of the Green Paper on the right to family reunification of third-country nationals living in the EU, adopted by the Commission on November 2011.
The launch of the Green Paper came out of the necessity to access the effectiveness of the Council Directive 2003/86/EC of 22 September 2003 on the right to family reunification. Since then, common EU rules specify the conditions under which family members of a non-EU citizen, legally resident in a Member State, are allowed to enter and reside in the EU.
However the Commission identified national implementation problems and shortcomings of the Directive. Due to that is has adopted the Green Paper, as an invitation for all stakeholders and Member states to a public debate on the family reunification in order to collect feedback from them on a number of issues arising in this field. Nevertheless MEPs have doubts concerning both the reasons for launching the Green Paper and the Commissions attempts to address the shortcomings of the initial Directive.
Should the video of the debate summary not show up below, users may directly access it by using the following link: http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/video/player.cfm?sitelang=en &ref=82414
The full debate may be streamed or downloaded from the EP website using the following link: http://www.e uroparl.europa.eu/ep-live/en/plenary/
Source : EC Audiovisual Service