PES will continue push for adoption of Pact on Migration and Asylum during this mandate

Members of the PES Migration and Integration Network meeting online

Members of the PES Migration and Integration Network meeting online

The Migration and Integration Network (MIN) of the Party of European Socialists (PES) met online today to take stock of progress on the Pact on Migration and Asylum, restating the ambition of socialists and democrats to adopt the Pact during this mandate.

Chair of the PES Migration and Integration Network, Swedish MEP Carina Ohlsson said:

“Thanks to the hard work of several of our MEPs as rapporteurs, the European Parliament has a negotiating mandate on all the proposals of the Pact. We want to see the EU Council move in the right direction, so we can finally finalise the Pact.

“It is progressives in the Parliament, Council and Commission who are working for a predictable and reliable common EU asylum and migration management system based on solidarity and a fair sharing of responsibility.”

The Network held an exchange with PSOE MEP Juan Fernando Lopez Aguilar chair the LIBE committee in the European Parliament, rapporteur for the regulation dealing with crisis and force majeure within the Pact, and a signatory to the Joint Roadmap on the way forward for the Pact, agreed last year between the European Parliament and rotating Presidencies. SPD MEP Birgit Sippel, coordinator of the S&D in the LIBE Committee and rapporteur on the Screening Directive, also provided an update to the Network.

The meeting held a further exchange with Matthieu Pollet, Vice-President of the Metropolitan Council of Rennes, France, on the European Citizens’ Initiative “Ensuring a dignified reception of migrants in Europe”.