Europe provides financial support to African countries while Turkey denies to change terrorism laws jeopardising the EU deal

Visit of Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the EC, and several Members of the College of the EC to Strasbourg. Franz Timmermans, on the left and Federica Mogherini Date: 07/06/2016. Location: Strasbourg - EP. Source: EC – Audiovisual Service. © European Union, 2016. Photo: Jean-François Badias

Visit of Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the EC, and several Members of the College of the EC to Strasbourg.
Franz Timmermans, on the left and Federica Mogherini
Date: 07/06/2016. Location: Strasbourg – EP. Source: EC – Audiovisual Service. © European Union, 2016. Photo: Jean-François Badias

The European Commission  convened yesterday in Strasbourg and announced its plans to create a Partnership Framework with third countries and particularly Africa in order to manage migration more effectively. This attempt comes after the EU-Turkey deal which aims at reducing the influx of immigrants coming to Europe via the Aegean Sea.

It seems that the migrants have been discouraged to travel to Europe irregularly through the Aegean Sea and are now choosing the Mediterranean corridor. The numbers show exactly that and the EU officials have realized it. Thus, the priorities for the new result-oriented plans consist of the rescue of human lives at sea, the creation of the necessary environment for the refugees to stay closer to their homeland and eventually succeed in tackling the root causes of irregular migration.

However, this project is not something new since the action plan had been set in Valletta Summit last November between the EU and African countries. The EU is now running to implement the 16 priorities, which were set in Valletta, by the end of 2016 as it was initially agreed between both parties.

EU against migration waves through Mediterranean

The executive body of the European Union (EU) has designed a path which is meant to better manage migration crisis with third countries. More specifically, Frans Timmermans, Vice-President of the EC, mentioned on this issue: “The Commission proposes a new partnership framework: starting with a first group of priority third countries, compacts tailored to the circumstances of each of them will mobilise all our policies and tools to achieve these objectives, tapping into the EU’s collective influence in close coordination with Member States and focusing our resources including through the swift deployment of €8 billion over the next five years”.

The EU will start providing financial aid to Jordan and Lebanon with Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Mali, Ethiopia, Tunisia and Libya to follow in the long-run. The Trust for Africa will be reinforced with 1 billion euros (500 million euros from the European Development Fund Reserve and 500 million euros from Member States) helping at the stability in the regions and promote security, development and economic opportunities.

The EC also intends to propose a new Fund in order to generate more investments in the third countries. It is considered to mobilise 3,1 billion euros till 2020 which are expected to generate investments of up to 31 billion euros with the potential to reach up to 62 billion euros if Member States and other partners join the EU contribution.

However, these figures sound quite ambitious since the growth of the European economy is still sluggish and does not seem to recover in the near future despite the desperate efforts of the European Central Bank.

Migration flows’ increase

According to the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), it seems that this year is going to bring more refugees’ deaths in the Mediterranean compared to 2015. Already 204,400 migrants have entered Europe by sea in 2016 with 2,809 deaths to have been reported; 1,000 more compared to the first semester of 2015.

The recent EU-Turkey agreement has reduced the number of migrants travelling to Europe via the Aegean but the Mediterranean Sea has become their alternative preferable route. Migrants are well-aware now that the Balkan corridor is closed and that if they are caught travelling illegally to Greece through the Aegean they are going to be turned back to Turkey.

Turkey jeopardises migrant deal with the EU

The denial of Turkey to change its counter-terrorism laws is causing serious issues to the agreement with Europe regarding the migration flows. At the moment, Turkey has been threatening to stop receiving immigrants from Greece if the EU is not going to deliver its visa promises. It is clear that Turkey is pressing the EU in order to take more benefits without first meeting the five prerequisites needed to provide the Turkish citizens with the free visa travel.

Europe risks to be hit hard if Turkey decides to step back from the migration deal. It will deteriorate the situation in the Aegean transforming Greece into a huge refugee camp. But Europe and its officials do not have the luxury to deal with such migration problems at the moment because the UK’s referendum is taking place in two weeks and is capable of putting the entire European edifice at serious risk.

All in all, the actions of the European Commission, even if they were mostly anticipated after the Valletta Summit, are about to mobilise a significant amount of financial aid to be distributed to African countries which is meant to manage migration in the Mediterranean Sea in a more efficient manner. However, the EU should not forget to put similar effort to the EU-Turkey agreement in order to keep refugee flows stable in the Aegean sea.

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

the European Sting Milestones

Featured Stings

Stopping antimicrobial resistance would cost just USD 2 per person a year

To my Chinese friend

Human rights chief calls for international probe on Venezuela, following ‘shocking accounts of extrajudicial killings’

An open letter from business to world leaders: “Be ambitious, and together we can address climate change”

THE COMMITTEES: From the colonies to the space race – past, present, future converge in Fourth Committee

Inegalitarian taxation on labour haunts Europe’s social model

Postal workers in France are helping elderly people fight loneliness

Eurozone banks to separate risky activities: Can they stay afloat?

Joint advocacy letter template to sign and ratify the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons

Nuclear test ban treaty critical to global collective security – UN chief

Water supply a human right but Greeks to lose their functioning utilities

Lack of involvement, or lack of opportunities?

UN condemns deadly attack against G5 Sahel force headquarters in Mali

FROM THE FIELD: A UN peacekeepers-eye view of DR Congo

Libya: ‘Substantial civilian casualties’ in Derna, UN humanitarian chief ‘deeply concerned’

EU-Russia relations: the beginning of a warmer winter?

What can stop the ‘too big to fail’ bankers from terrorising the world?

The European Parliament double-checks the EU 2014-2020 budget

Job automation risks vary widely across different regions within countries

Want a more inclusive society? Start with mobility

New chapters in EU-China trade disputes

UN urges ‘restraint’ in Bangladesh’s post-presidential election violence

Why are the Balkans’ political leaders meeting in Geneva this week?

A Sting Exclusive: “China-Africa Cooperation Sets a Fine Example of South-South Cooperation”, by China’s Ambassador to EU

Why do medical students have to emigrate to become doctors in 2017?

Young people meet in Malta to shape the future of Europe

UN agency chief calls Ethiopia’s revised refugee law ‘one of most progressive’ in Africa

Draghi tells the Parliament the ECB to use all its weaponry; euro slides to parity with the dollar

Canada and EU officially sign the trade agreement that could open-up the road to TTIP

UN chief condemns deadly attacks in Afghanistan

These charts show where the world’s refugees came from in 2017 – and where they’re heading

Imported and EU fisheries products should be treated equally

Why we need both science and humanities for a Fourth Industrial Revolution education

Better care, stronger laws needed to save 30 million babies on the brink of death

Eating less beef and more beans would cut deaths by 5-7%

Commission goes less than mid-way on expensive euro

Is ECB helping Germany to buy cheaply the rest of Europe?

TTIP is not dead as of yet, the 15th round of negotiations in New York shouts

Can Greece’s devastating economy deal with the migration crisis?

Three ways the world must tackle mental health

EU lawmakers vote to reintroduce visas for Americans over “reciprocity principle”

“Access denied”: the Greek health system under pressure

UN chief condemns killing of ‘blue helmets’ in DR Congo, as violence erupts prior to elections

MWC 2016 LIVE: EC adds Brazil to partner tally

Some Prevailing Arguments and Perceptions over the South China Sea Issue Are Simply Wrong

The representatives of the regions and the cities know better what the EU needs on migration, trade, poverty and taxation

Climate Change: a challenge yet to be tackled in medical schools

A Sting Exclusive: “Seize the opportunity offered by Africa’s continental free trade area”, written by the Director General of UNIDO

Climate change will never be combatted by EU alone while some G20 countries keep procrastinating

Guinea-Bissau: Upcoming elections vital to prevent ‘relapse’ into instability, says UN envoy

This is the world’s greenest football club – and you’ve probably never even heard of it

EU to increase spending and improve delivery of education in emergencies and protracted crises

Deal on protecting workers from exposure to harmful substances

From diamonds to recycling: how blockchain can drive responsible and ethical businesses

“Health and environment first of all”, EU says with forced optimism after 7th round of TTIP talks

‘12 million’ stateless people globally, warns UNHCR chief in call to States for decisive action

Bid to raise $5.5 billion for millions of Syrians and their host communities

EU members commit to build an integrated gas market and finally cut dependency on Russia

The ECB still protects the banks at the expense of the EU taxpayers

The way to entrepreneurship in the developing world

A Europe that delivers: EU citizens expect more EU level action in future

More Stings?

Speak your Mind Here

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s