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Thursday, 12 May 2011 - StrasbourgOJ edition
ANNEX (Written answers) - QUESTIONS TO THE COUNCIL(The Presidency-in-Office of the Council of the European Union bears sole responsibility for these answers)

Question no 6 by Nikolaos Chountis (H-000167/11 )  
 Subject: Anticipated influx of migrants from Libya

Following the commencement of aerial bombardments under UN Security Council Resolution 1973 (2011), the humanitarian crisis in Libya is expected to worsen dramatically, triggering a fresh wave of migrants heading for Europe, this time from Libya. Given the manifest lack of resources and inadequate provision for migrants and asylum seekers, which is already causing what is being referred to as a ‘humanitarian crisis’ in southern Europe, matters cannot be expected to improve regarding capacity to deal with this fresh migrant influx.

In view of this, what measures has the Council taken with a view to spreading evenly responsibility for the anticipated wave of migrants into the EU Member States and ensuring that the rights of refugees and migrants are respected?


The present answer, which has been drawn up by the Presidency and is not binding on either the Council or its members as such, was not presented orally at Question Time to the Council during the May 2011 part-session of the European Parliament in Strasbourg.

(EN) The European Council has addressed the developments in Libya and the Southern Neighbourhood, including the migratory consequences, both at its extraordinary meeting on 11 March 2011(1) and its regular meeting on 24/25 March 2011.(2)

In its Declaration, adopted on 11 March 2011, the European Council stressed that the Member States most directly concerned by migratory movements require concrete solidarity and that the EU and the Member States stand ready to provide the necessary support as the situation evolves. It also urged Member States to provide further human and technical resources to Frontex, as required. It recalled that a comprehensive approach to migration should be promoted, consistent with the EU's Global Approach. Furthermore, in its Conclusions adopted on 24/25 March 2011, the European Council underlined again that the EU and its Member States stand ready to demonstrate their concrete solidarity to Member States most directly concerned by migratory movements and provide the necessary support as the situation evolves.

The Council has also reviewed the situation in North Africa, including in particular the migratory pressures being experienced in some Member States(3) . The Council has had an extensive debate on the situation at its meeting on 11 April 2011 and has adopted Conclusions on the management of migration from the Southern Neighbourhood(4) . In these Conclusions, the Council reaffirmed the need for genuine and concrete solidarity towards Member States most directly concerned by migratory movements and called on the EU and its Member States to continue providing the necessary support as the situation evolves, such as by assisting the local authorities of the most affected Member States in addressing the immediate repercussions of migratory flows on the local economy and infrastructure. The Council also stressed the importance of offering durable protection solutions to those in need of international protection present in the countries of the Southern Neighbourhood.

The Council will be keeping the situation under review. It should also be recalled that the situation in the Southern Neighbourhood will be addressed by the European Council at its upcoming meeting in June 2011.


(1)EUCO 7/11 CO EUR 5 CONCL 2.
(2)EUCO 10/11 CO EUR 6 CONCL 3.
(3)8741/1/11 REV 1, 7781/11.
(4)8909/1/11 ASIM 36 COMIX 226.

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