Migration and Home Affairs

Common Basic Principles

A B C D E F G H I J L M N O P Q R S T U V W X

Within the context of EU integration policy, a set of (11) simple, non-binding but thoughtful guidelines of basic principles intended to assist EU States in formulating their integration policies. They also serve to:

  • give EU States a means by which they can judge and assess their own efforts,
  • enable EU States to set priorities and further develop their own measurable goals,
  • serve as a basis for EU States to explore how EU, national, regional, and local authorities can interact in the development and implementation of integration policies,
  • determine how these policies can best engage other actors involved in integration (for example, social partners, NGOs, women's and migrants' organisations, businesses and other private institutions),
  • be complementary and in full synergy with existing legislative frameworks, including the international instruments on Human Rights, Union instruments containing integration provisions, EU objectives on gender equality and non-discrimination and other EU policies,
  • assist in structuring the regular dialogue between governments and all other relevant institutions and stakeholders at the EU-level,
  • act as a basis for and assist the EU to explore how existing EU-instruments related to integration can be developed further,
  • assist the Council to reflect upon and, over time, agree on EU-level mechanisms and policies needed to support national and local-level integration policy efforts, particularly through EU-wide learning and knowledge-sharing."