The German and Italian foreign ministers welcomed a deal Wednesday to reform the EU’s migration and asylum policies, Anadolu Agency reports.

EU Ambassadors have reached an agreement on the regulation addressing situations of crisis and force majeure in the field of migration and asylum, the Spanish government, which holds the rotating outlook of the Council of the EU, wrote on X.

EU Commission Vice President Margaritis Schinas in Brussels, Belgium on September 28, 2023 [Dursun Aydemir/Anadolu Agency]

Details have yet to be announced. German Foreign Minister, Annalena Baerbock, said Wednesday’s developments showed solidarity between EU members in case of a crisis.

The agreement is considered a breakthrough towards reforming EU asylum and migration policies because it was a disputed issue among EU members about how to tackle it.

Italian Foreign Minister, Antonio Tajani, also welcomed the deal, and said it is a very positive result and a success for Italy. In the event of major migration crises, all member states will have to play their part, he wrote on X.

Minister for Foreign Affairs of Germany Annalena Baerbock speaks to press members as she attends EU Foreign Ministers' meeting in Brussels, Belgium on November 14, 2022 [Dursun Aydemir/Anadolu Agency]

The agreement is considered a breakthrough towards reforming EU asylum and migration policy, as EU member states have been strongly divided over how to handle crisis situations when an EU country comes under heavy migratory pressure upon the arrival of a large number of unexpected asylum seekers.

The European Commission proposed the so-called New Pact on Migration and Asylum in 2020 to break the legislative deadlock that the bloc had been struggling with since 2016, since after it reached a migration deal with Turkiye,

The legislative package, among other measures, would set up a common EU border procedure with a fast check to see if migrants are eligible for international protection before entering the bloc, and speed up return procedures for those whose claim is refused.

Middle East Monitor / ABC Flash Point News 2023.

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04-10-23 15:59

Just another brick in the wall?