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Parliamentary questions
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5 November 2019
Question reference: E-002506/2019

The 2016 ‘EU Partnership Framework on Migration’ defined priorities and results tailored to the circumstances of each country, in full respect of human rights. It includes the possibility of using relevant tools from policy areas such as development aid and trade to advance the EU’s migration goals and improve cooperation with countries of origin and transit.

The Council has held several discussions on how to translate these principles into the EU’s overall cooperation with relevant third countries.

For example, the recently adopted amendment of the Visa Code (Regulation (EU) 2019/1155)(1) introduces a new mechanism using certain rules as leverage to improve cooperation with a third country on readmission. Under Article 25a, if a third country is considered not to be cooperating sufficiently on the readmission of irregular migrants, the application of certain provisions of the Visa Code may be suspended and the visa fees applied to nationals of that third country may be increased. To prepare for implementation of this mechanism, once it becomes applicable in February 2020, the relevant Council bodies will look at various practical aspects at all stages of the procedure.

(1)OJ L 188, 19.7.2019, p. 25.

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