Migration and Home Affairs

A credible, fair and effective EU migration policy: the way forward

The Commission is proposing a package of measures aimed at a better management of migration flows from the Southern Mediterranean region, as well as amendments to the Visa Regulation to ensure that visa free travel does not lead to abuse. The Commission package includes three elements:

  • A Communication on a "Dialogue for migration, mobility and security with the Southern Mediterranean countries", which aims to establish mobility partnerships between the EU and North African countries.
  • The Annual Report on Immigration and Asylum (2010), which highlights the main developments at the EU and national levels in the field of migration last year.
  • A Proposal to amend EU Regulation 539/2001, which proposes the introduction of a safeguard claused allowing, under certain exceptional conditions, for the temporary reintroduction of the visa requirement for citizens of a third country.

These initiatives are a first follow up to the Communication on Migration adopted on 4 May 2011. They will be discussed at the upcoming Justice and Home Affairs Council on 9 June 2011 and will help prepare the ground for a discussion on European asylum and migration policy between EU heads of state and government during the European Council in Brussels on 24 June 2011.

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Tuesday, 24 May, 2011