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Press release: Council plans on new Dublin rules far from acceptable

Member states’ plans for a new Dublin system would make a compromise very difficult, warns Parliament’s chief negotiator

Estonia, which holds the rotating presidency of the Council of the EU, gave EU ambassadors a proposal on Wednesday for reforming the way in which the EU distributes asylum seekers among countries.

Commenting on the draft plans, Parliament’s lead MEP on the Dublin regulation Cecilia Wikström (ALDE, SE) says:

– “I welcome the work of the Estonian presidency in attempting to reach a common position in the Council on the Dublin regulation. The proposed system however is very far from what could be an acceptable solution for the European Parliament. If the Council were to agree on such a position it would make negotiations between the co-legislators very difficult.

– The proposal currently before the Council would perpetuate the current failed ad hoc responses of the EU to the migration crisis, instead of building a permanent system which could work both in times of normal and high pressures. I would urge Member States to carefully study the position of the European Parliament, adopted with a very large majority. The Parliament will be a constructive and ambitious partner in the legislative process, but we will not accept to repeat the mistakes of the past.”

 

Quick facts

A broad majority of MEPs endorsed Parliament’s negotiation mandate on Dublin on 16 November, calling for a mandatory relocation of asylum seekers to ensure that they are fairly distributed among member states and that the system will work on the ground.

Member states have still not agreed on a common position, but hope to be able to do so during the first half of 2018, after which the inter-institutional talks in view of reaching a final compromise could begin.

The Maltese and Estonian presidencies have been sounding out member states on their views on a new asylum system. The results of these bilateral talks were presented to EU ambassadors on Wednesday 29 November.

For mor information, please contact:

Linda Aziz, Head of Press of Cecilia Wikström

linda.aziz@ep.europa.eu

+32 486 94 76 82

Press release: Parliament presents its proposals to revise European asylum rules

The European Parliament has today adopted its position on the revision of the Dublin Regulation, after a vote by the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Thursday morning. The position was approved with a vast majority. MEP Cecilia Wikström (ALDE/SWE) is leading the revision and urges the European Council to adopt its position so that negotiations can start:

“The European asylum system is one of the key issues determining how Europe’s future will develop. As rapporteur, my goal is to create a truly new asylum system based on solidarity with clear rules and incentives to follow them, both for the asylum seekers and for all Member States.

The new Dublin Regulation must ensure that all countries share responsibility for asylum seekers. Furthermore it must also guarantee that all member states with external borders – the first place of arrival in Europe for most refugees – will take their responsibility in registering all arriving people, as well as protecting and maintaining the external borders of the EU.

It is time to put an end to a system in which refugees are forced into the hands of unscrupulous human traffickers who smuggle them through Europe. I urge the Council of Ministers to take a common position as soon as possible, so that trialogue negotiations can begin and a well-functioning, truly new European asylum system can be put into place as soon as possible.”

For more information, please contact

Sándor Blaskó

Tel : +32 2 283 00 89

Mob : +32 483 04 97 89

Statement on on the situation in Spain and Catalonia

It is time for the EU play an active role in the negotiations between Spain and the Catalonian movement for independence. I am expecting the President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, who has so far taken an unacceptably passive role regarding this issue, to strongly condemn the unjustified violence against the citizens who participated in the referendum last weekend. Even though the referendum was deemed illegal by to the Constitutional Court of Spain, the reaction and brutality exerted by the police was disproportional and unacceptable. The conflict no longer concerns independence, but has now become an issue of democracy and human rights.

I am expecting the EU to take on a unifying role and to negotiate between all political parties. It is time to de-escalate the conflict between the government of Spain and the people of Catalonia, who are fighting for independence. Within the EU, we solve our conflicts with dialogues and negotiations.

Today, Wednesday, at 3 PM the issue is debated in the European Parliament.

Video: ALDE #ValuesFirst

The European Union is built on values! The core of the project is democracy, rule of law, international solidarity, collaboration and fundamental rights. These are the building blocks of our collaboration. During the spring’s many elections across Europe, we’ve seen how populists have been trying to fragment and divide our union and communities with their hateful rhetoric. That is why it is so important that we Europeans that stand for openness dare to stand up for diversity, equality, and pluralism. That is how we build a strong Europe together! #ValuesFirst

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Press release: Council plans on new Dublin rules far from acceptable

Member states’ plans for a new Dublin system would make a compromise very difficult, warns Parliament’s chief negotiator

Estonia, which holds the rotating presidency of the Council of the EU, gave EU ambassadors a proposal on Wednesday for reforming the way in which the EU distributes asylum seekers among countries.

Commenting on the draft plans, Parliament’s lead MEP on the Dublin regulation Cecilia Wikström (ALDE, SE) says:

– “I welcome the work of the Estonian presidency in attempting to reach a common position in the Council on the Dublin regulation. The proposed system however is very far from what could be an acceptable solution for the European Parliament. If the Council were to agree on such a position it would make negotiations between the co-legislators very difficult.

– The proposal currently before the Council would perpetuate the current failed ad hoc responses of the EU to the migration crisis, instead of building a permanent system which could work both in times of normal and high pressures. I would urge Member States to carefully study the position of the European Parliament, adopted with a very large majority. The Parliament will be a constructive and ambitious partner in the legislative process, but we will not accept to repeat the mistakes of the past.”

 

Quick facts

A broad majority of MEPs endorsed Parliament’s negotiation mandate on Dublin on 16 November, calling for a mandatory relocation of asylum seekers to ensure that they are fairly distributed among member states and that the system will work on the ground.

Member states have still not agreed on a common position, but hope to be able to do so during the first half of 2018, after which the inter-institutional talks in view of reaching a final compromise could begin.

The Maltese and Estonian presidencies have been sounding out member states on their views on a new asylum system. The results of these bilateral talks were presented to EU ambassadors on Wednesday 29 November.

For mor information, please contact:

Linda Aziz, Head of Press of Cecilia Wikström

linda.aziz@ep.europa.eu

+32 486 94 76 82

Press release: Parliament presents its proposals to revise European asylum rules

The European Parliament has today adopted its position on the revision of the Dublin Regulation, after a vote by the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Thursday morning. The position was approved with a vast majority. MEP Cecilia Wikström (ALDE/SWE) is leading the revision and urges the European Council to adopt its position so that negotiations can start:

“The European asylum system is one of the key issues determining how Europe’s future will develop. As rapporteur, my goal is to create a truly new asylum system based on solidarity with clear rules and incentives to follow them, both for the asylum seekers and for all Member States.

The new Dublin Regulation must ensure that all countries share responsibility for asylum seekers. Furthermore it must also guarantee that all member states with external borders – the first place of arrival in Europe for most refugees – will take their responsibility in registering all arriving people, as well as protecting and maintaining the external borders of the EU.

It is time to put an end to a system in which refugees are forced into the hands of unscrupulous human traffickers who smuggle them through Europe. I urge the Council of Ministers to take a common position as soon as possible, so that trialogue negotiations can begin and a well-functioning, truly new European asylum system can be put into place as soon as possible.”

For more information, please contact

Sándor Blaskó

Tel : +32 2 283 00 89

Mob : +32 483 04 97 89

Video: ALDE #ValuesFirst

The European Union is built on values! The core of the project is democracy, rule of law, international solidarity, collaboration and fundamental rights. These are the building blocks of our collaboration. During the spring’s many elections across Europe, we’ve seen how populists have been trying to fragment and divide our union and communities with their hateful rhetoric. That is why it is so important that we Europeans that stand for openness dare to stand up for diversity, equality, and pluralism. That is how we build a strong Europe together! #ValuesFirst

Hearing those who don’t exist: The fight against statelessness

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Statelessness will take centre stage in the European Parliament on Thursday (29 June), with two committees turning their attention to one of Europe’s most hidden and marginalised populations, write MEPs Claude Moraes and Cecilia Wikström.

Claude Moraes is chair of the European Parliament’s Justice and  Home Affairs Committee (LIBE) and Cecilia Wikström is chair of the Petitions Committee (PETI).

On Thursday, statelessness will take centre stage in the European Parliament’s LIBE and PETI committees, as its members turn their attention to one of Europe’s most hidden and marginalised populations.

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Press Release Brexit: MEPs want EU and UK to take care of citizens’ rights first

The EU and the UK government should negotiate a deal on the situation and rights of citizens as a matter of urgency and before starting the other Brexit talks, MEPs say.

In a joint hearing organised by the committees of Civil Liberties, Employment and Petitions, most MEPs underlined the “moral duty” to end the uncertainty created for both EU citizens living in the UK and UK nationals in the EU since the June referendum.

The EU should let go of the principle that “nothing is agreed until everything is agreed” in negotiations, because a quick solution for citizens’ rights is a matter of priority. “Let´s do this first”, they concurred.

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Hearing those who don’t exist: The fight against statelessness

statelessness_picture

Statelessness will take centre stage in the European Parliament on Thursday (29 June), with two committees turning their attention to one of Europe’s most hidden and marginalised populations, write MEPs Claude Moraes and Cecilia Wikström.

Claude Moraes is chair of the European Parliament’s Justice and  Home Affairs Committee (LIBE) and Cecilia Wikström is chair of the Petitions Committee (PETI).

On Thursday, statelessness will take centre stage in the European Parliament’s LIBE and PETI committees, as its members turn their attention to one of Europe’s most hidden and marginalised populations.

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Op-ed in The Parliament Magazine: Liberalism in Europe ‘facing its biggest fight’

As far-right parties gain popularity across Europe, liberals must stand together against the ‘politics of fear’, write Cecilia Wilkström, Catherine Bearder, Hans Van Baalen and Graham Watson. (Please find the link here)

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Liberalism in western Europe is facing its biggest fight since the 1930s.

Last May’s European parliament elections showed just how steep the mountain we have to climb is. The forces of xenophobia and racism – the populist right across Europe – polled strongly in the UK, France and Italy and in many smaller EU member states.

Parties like the Front National in France, UKIP in the UK and the Five Star Movement in Italy all espouse a politics of division and fear and all made substantial gains.

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Op-ed in The Local: Why can’t refugees travel to Sweden legally?

Op-ed in The Local, Sweden:

Refugees should not be forced to make dangerous journeys to Europe in order to seek asylum, argues Liberal Party MEP Cecilia Wikström, who also wants to see other EU states joining Sweden and Germany in taking in more people from war-torn nations.

Over 50 million people are currently displaced in the world, many of them caught in a cold and harsh winter. One fifth of these are Syrians in urgent need of humanitarian assistance. Approximately two million of the Syrian refugees are living in refugee camps in Lebanon, Turkey, Jordan and Egypt, where access to medical care and medication is scarce.

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