Renew Europe wants a speedy finalisation of
the Joint Roadmap on Migration and Asylum. Populist rhetoric about EU-funded
walls will bring us nowhere. The Group reiterates its stance following the
European Council's conclusions of 9 February on how to approach migration and
With regards to those conclusions, Renew
Europe is deeply concerned with the European Council´s implication that they
have to be executed fully by the other EU institutions. As clearly stated in the
EU Treaties, the European Council is neither a legislative body nor the budget
authority and therefore cannot instruct the Commission or the Parliament what
rules to adopt or budgets to mobilise. Negotiations between the European
Parliament and the Council of the EU are the legitimate arena for constructing
an EU migration policy. These negotiations have yielded steady and significant
progress in the past year.
Sophie in 't Veld (Netherlands,
D66), Renew Europe's coordinator in the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice
and Home Affairs, said:
"Renew Europe does not want a
fortress Europe built on the backs of EU taxpayers; we want genuine efforts and
progress on a European approach to migration through the Joint Roadmap agreed
last year between the co-legislating EU institutions.
Talk of walls distracts from the real
need to make progress on sensible migration measures. At last, the Council and
European Parliament are working together on the Migration and Asylum Pact in a
cooperative spirit. We cannot afford to derail the hard work that has been done
in recent months.
The conclusions also constitute a
power grab in broad daylight. The European Council has no power whatsoever to
tell the Commission and Council what actions to take. It is time that the
European Parliament, as legislator, budget authority and only directly elected
body of the EU, reminds the European Council of the Treaty provisions and
restores the balance of power between the institutions."