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Asylum and immigration are the focus of the Summit

Asylum and immigration are the focus of the Summit

The issues of asylum and immigration should be addressed at next week's Summit.

Specifically, according to draft of conclusions relied on the paper of Agence Europe, the consolidation of application programs have been adopted, such as packs for asylum, the strengthening of the anti-illegal immigration and cooperation with third countries are predicted with restoration of the idea of creating European border guards, as proposed in May 2011, during the Arab Spring. The political future of Justice and Home Affairs is expected to be one of the main topics of the meeting of Heads of State and Government, mainly because of the tragedy in Lampedusa, on 3rd October, when 366 people died. However, the Heads of State and Governments may simply repeat the message of responsible Ministers, namely the strengthening of cooperation with third countries of transit and the inclusion of "immigration" dimensions to the external and development policies of the EU.

On refugees, the findings suggest the strengthening of regional protection programs, especially for Syrian refugees in neighboring countries. They also suggest, very vaguely, increased efforts for resettlement of these refugees, without reference to commitments made by Member States. Provisional findings also show that, although the retention of the common border is the responsibility of Member States, which "must fully assume their responsibilities", the operational capacity of Frontex could be strengthened. The draft conclusions also mention the importance of the role of the European coordinator for combating terrorism over the next five years, particularly on the issue of foreign fighters from Syria. Also, the need for policies on justice, which could contribute to economic growth and facilitate entrepreneurship, is noted. Simplification of procedures for access to justice and the mutual recognition of judicial decisions may also be a subject of investigation. These are expected to undergo a mid-term review in 2017, according to the draft conclusions.