Debate on new EU plan to address root causes of migration

A new EU plan to address the root causes of migration will be presented by the EU Commission and debated in plenary on Tuesday. The new “partnership framework with third countries”, prepared by Commission First Vice-President Frans Timmermans and EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini, foresees using EU funds to promote private investment in migrants’ countries of origin, particularly in Africa.

Also, to make migrant “returns” policy more effective, the Commission wants to accelerate the negotiation of “readmission” agreements with key countries, such as Pakistan and Afghanistan, in addition to the 17 already in force.

Review of the “blue card” for highly-skilled migrants and action plan for integration

In a later debate on Tuesday afternoon, MEPs will assess two other migration proposals to be presented by the Commission: a review of the “blue card” system governing admission conditions for highly qualified third-country nationals and a new action plan on integration.

You can watch the plenary debates via EP Live, and EbS+.