For Vice-President Margaritis Schinas “we must make full use of the voluntary solidarity mechanism agreed under the French presidency in June”
The European Commission “has put on the table a complete series of proposals that give an answer to the challenges” posed by migration, “the EU pact for migration and asylum. It is ironic to see that we have everything we need at our fingertips hand, but apparently it’s impossible to reach. It’s like having a parachute, but choosing to jump out of the plane without it”. This was stated by the vice president of the European Commission Margaritis Schinas, speaking in the plenary session of the Parliament in Strasbourg. “If there is one thing we have learned from the crises of recent years – he continues – it is that flying solo is not an option: we need an agreement on the pact now. This debate is an opportunity to renew our call on the Parliament and the Council to make progress on the roadmap for the adoption of all pending pact proposals. History does not repeat itself, but it often rhymes: we must implement practical and immediate operational measures to address the situation in all migratory routes”.
“Next Friday’s extraordinary Home Affairs Council – he continues – will allow member states to achieve rapid results. However, it will not remove the need for long-term binding solutions. Today – he concludes – we have the resources, we have the tools and the political will and we cannot wait any longer” in adopting the new migration pact (proposed by the Commission over two years ago).
For Schinas “we must make full use of the voluntary solidarity mechanism agreed under the French presidency in June. It is a temporary mechanism, but it is also a possible bridge towards a future permanent system, rooted in EU law, which we want to see in the migration pact Frankly, we don’t have to reinvent the wheel: we have the tools, states should use them.”