23 April 2015: special meeting of the European Council


Following the recent tragic events in the Mediterranean,  President Tusk has called for a special meeting of the European Council on 23 April 2015.

The objective of the meeting is to discuss, at the highest level, what immediate actions the member states and the EU institutions can take together to address the situation.

The fight against illegal migration is a priority for the European Union and a fundamental part of its comprehensive migration policy. EU action on illegal migration covers all aspects of the phenomenon. This includes prevention through cooperation with countries of origin and transit, fighting against human trafficking, border surveillance and the establishment of a humane return policy.

The European Council plays an important role in this field, setting the strategic priorities, while the Council provides the mandates for negotiations with third countries and monitors the definition and implementation of specific programmes and lines of action.

For more info click here: http://www.consilium.europa.eu/en/policies/illegal-migration/

source: www.consilium.europa.eu

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