European Commission presents proposals for new Pact on Migration and Asylum

23 Sep 2020

The European Commission presented proposals for the new Pact on Migration and Asylum on 23rd September, stating its aim to improve the overall system and to rebuild trust between Member States and confidence in the capacity of the EU to manage migration.

The first pillar of the Commission’s proposed Pact consists of more efficient and faster procedures. In particular, the Commission proposed to introduce an integrated border procedure, supported by a modernised EU digital infrastructure for migration management.

The second pillar of the Pact concerns the fair sharing of responsibility and solidarity. In respect of the different situations of Member States and of fluctuating migratory pressures, the Commission proposed a system of flexible contributions from Member States.

The Pact also states the Commission’s intended aim for the EU to promote tailor-made and mutually beneficial partnerships with third countries, to boost a common EU system for return in order to make EU migration rules more credible, to launch Talent Partnerships with key non-EU countries that will match labour and skills needs in the EU, as well as to adopt a new comprehensive Action Plan on integration and inclusion for 2021-2024.

The proposals follow President von der Leyen’s commitment in her Political Guidelines to present a new Pact on Migration and Asylum.

Next steps involve the consideration of the Pact by the European Parliament and European Council.

For more information:

Webpage: New Pact on Migration and Asylum

Migration and Asylum Package

Statistics on migration to Europe