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Published on November 15th, 2018 | by Elpida Tsiaka

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State of the Union 2018 – Commission proposes last elements needed for compromise on migration and border reform

In his State of the Union Address 2018, President Jean-Claude Juncker presented 3 new and ambitious proposals to ensure full EU solidarity on migration and better protection of Europe’s external borders. These new initiatives were presented one week ahead of the Informal Meeting in Salzburg and constituted a concrete contribution to the discussions that EU Leaders had on migration. They are intended to facilitate an overall compromise on the ongoing reform of the EU’s asylum system. Commission’s proposals set a new level of ambition for the European Border and Coast Guard and the EU’s Agency for Asylum, reinforcing both to ensure that Member States can rely on full EU operational support at all times. The Commission also proposed to improve the effectiveness of return procedures, updated existing EU rules on return, and set out the next steps on legal migration, an essential component of a balanced migration policy.

Enormous progress has already been made on the overall work to reform the Union’s Common European Asylum System. The intense efforts of the past two years mean that 5 out of the 7 proposals tabled by the Commission in 2016 are close to being finalised. The aforementioned additional elements are intended to help achieve a compromise on all proposals taken together. The Commission responded to the call from Leaders at the European Council of June 2018 and prepared the ground for swift progress on all asylum reforms.

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