European Committee of the Regions critical of New Pact on Migration and Asylum at a European Parliament hearing

European Committee of the Regions critical of New Pact on Migration and Asylum at a European Parliament hearing​

Antje Grotheer (DE/PES), rapporteur of the European Committee of the Regions (CoR) on the New Pact on Migration and Asylum and Vice-President of Germany’s Bremen City Parliament, presented the opinion of EU’s cities and regions on the asylum & migration reform package at the hearing of European Parliament’s LIBE Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs, on 2nd September. She was highly critical of the importance of the first entry criterion in the analysis of asylum applications, a criterion on which Member States “waste too much time”, as well as of the failure to take account of the realities of the regions, particularly those on the front line of migration. She urged to this effect for a greater consideration of regional specificities in every aspect of the process.

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