European Council Conclusions of 24-25 October summit on migration flows and preventing further tragedies in the Mediterranean

Monday, November 4, 2013

The European Council’s Conclusions underline the importance of ‘addressing root causes of migration flows by enhancing cooperation with the countries of origin and transit, including through appropriate EU development support and an effective return policy’. Recommendations include stepping up ‘the fight against trafficking and smuggling of human beings’, ‘reinforcement of Frontex activities in the Mediterranean and the south-eastern borders of the EU’, and ‘the swift implementation … of the new European Border Surveillance System (EUROSUR).

The Conclusions also urge the Task Force for the Mediterranean led by the European Commission ‘to identify - based on the principles of prevention, protection and solidarity - priority actions for a more efficient short term use of European policies and tools’. The Commission will report to the Council at its meeting on 5-6 December 2013 on the work of the Task Force with a view of taking operational decisions. The Council commits to address asylum and migration issues in a longer-term policy perspective in June 2014.

Read the European Council's Conclusions from 24 and 25 October 2013.

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