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Parliamentary questions
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4 March 2021
Answer given by Ms Johansson
on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: E-006896/2020

The Commission confirms that while progress has been made in general terms in relation to the discussions on the new Pact on Migration and Asylum, no agreement was reached as such on any aspects of the Asylum and Migration Management Regulation(1) at the Council meeting of 14 December 2020. Discussions between Member States will continue under the Portuguese Presidency, including on the mandatory solidarity mechanism put forward by the Commission in its proposal.

Member States have resorted to ad hoc voluntary solidarity measures to support Member States in need, often coordinated by the Commission. Since June 2018, 2 455 asylum-seekers disembarked in Italy and Malta further to search and rescue operations have been relocated to other Member States, while an additional 550 are pending transfer. Member States have also provided significant support to Greece, through bilateral donations, as well as operational and technical support.

A voluntary relocation exercise from Greece to 16 participating Member States and associated States is currently underway, under the coordination of the Commission and with significant EU financial support. As of mid-January 2021, over 2 200 vulnerable asylum-seekers and beneficiaries of international protection (including unaccompanied minors, sick children and their families) had been relocated from Greece. Pledges have reached over 5 000 persons.

(1)COM/2020/610 final.
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