The states of the European Union and the MEPs today, after many years of unsuccessful efforts, agreed on the new migration and asylum rules of the European bloc. This was announced by representatives of the Union institutions. Among other things, the series of standards envisages more effective checks on migrants and faster return of unsuccessful asylum seekers to their countries of origin. They also introduce mandatory solidarity of all states that will help overburdened countries either by accepting part of the migrants, financially or materially.
“Great news. We did it. We negotiated in the trialogue for two days and two nights and it’s there,” she stated in a video on the social network X European Commissioner for Home Affairs Ylva Johansson. “We have agreed a comprehensive pact on migration and asylum with better protection of our external borders, greater solidarity and greater protection for the vulnerable and asylum seekers. I am so proud today, we did it,” she added.
In order for the standard to come into force, it must still be approved by the ministers of the member countries and the plenary session of the European Parliament, which is, of course, already considered a formality. The Belgian Presidency of the Council of the EU is now expected to start work on finalizing the legislative texts with the aim of final approval next February.
The migration package consists of several legislative proposals. Among them is, for example, the regulation on screening, which introduces mandatory screening of persons at external borders. Furthermore, the package contains a revision of the reception directive, which regulates the conditions for accepting asylum seekers, or a revision of the qualification regulation, which regulates the standards that a person must meet in order to be entitled to international protection.