Yves Pascouau, Senior Analyst European Policy Centre.
Almost 15 years after the Tampere conclusions, EU action has proven to be rather imbalanced. Issues related to border management, visa and irregular migration have been extensively addressed. EU legislation covering these fields is substantial, as illustrated by the adoption of regulations setting up a Schengen Border Code and a Visa Code. Moreover, EU action dealing with the operational level is quite integrated. The establishment of the FRONTEX Agency and the adoption of a Visa Information System, a database on Schengen visas issued and refused, are examples of this strong trend.
However, legal migration issues, in particular admission for work purposes, are not addressed in a detailed and coherent manner. While family reunification and enhanced rights awarded to long-term residents are covered by two Directives, EU rules regarding admission for work purposes have been scattered among a series of texts addressing specific categories of worker, setting different conditions for admission and awarding different rights. In addition, all of these rules are based on Directives which, in the vast majority of cases, leave significant margins of manoeuvre to the member states. Hence, those rules do not put national sovereignty into question and leave primary responsibility for dealing with admission issues to the member states.
Lees de volledige nota: Impuls#99 – Yves Pascouau – EU labour migration policy
This commentary was published on the EPC website: www.epc.eu