Migration policy: Czech Presidency proposes “flexible responsibility”.
The Czech Republic of the Council of the EU endorses the principle of “Flexible Liability” as part of a reform of European migration policy. In view of the growing migration pressure in Europe, the Czech Council Presidency has presented a new proposal to reform the long-delayed EU migration and asylum policy.
In view of the current influx of migrants to Europe, EURACTIV believes the proposal revises the European Commission’s idea of flexible solidarity and also includes the new term “Flexible Liability”.
With this new concept, the Czech Presidency would like to make the proposal more attractive for the Member States on the external borders of the EU.
“We have discussed the concept of flexible solidarity at length, but there is also flexible responsibility. This means that states that are under strong migratory pressure, i.e. most southern states, are allowed to simplify certain procedures.”said Czech Interior Minister Vít Rakušan.
Initial replies from EU countries are cautiously supportive – they have asked the Presidency for more details. Above all, the Czech interior minister wants the reform to be supported by his European counterparts at a summit next December.
“We are looking for a balanced compromise that is acceptable to the Visegrad States and the Southern States”‘ said the minister. To Czech radiothis new reform does not include the solidarity measure that would allow Member States to deport irregular migrants on behalf of other EU Member States.
Mr. Rakušan also stressed the need for dialogue with the Western Balkan countries, especially with Serbia. A large number of people from countries such as India, Tunisia or Burundi, with which Serbia, unlike EU countries, is exempt from the visa requirement, have recently entered the EU illegally.
The EU is therefore calling for the visa policies of the Balkan countries to be harmonized in order to combat these irregularities. The Serbian government has already promised to comply by the end of the year.
“If Serbia does not accept visa policy harmonization with EU member states, we can consider reintroducing visa requirements for Serbia”Rakušan said on Czech television on Sunday (16 October).
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