IOM's Recommendations to the Croatian Presidency of the Council of the EU
2020 begins the decade of action to deliver the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by the target date of 2030. EU Member States have pledged to implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which recognizes the positive contribution of migrants to inclusive growth and sustainable development, and commits states to cooperate internationally to ensure safe, orderly, and regular migration. In this spirit, the Croatian Presidency should recognize that the EU can only strengthen its role as a global actor by further developing the capacity and instruments to meet migration challenges and seize opportunities in ways that consider the interests and needs of both the EU and partner countries.
The Croatian Presidency of the Council of the EU will lead upcoming EU Council discussions on a new pact on migration and asylum, a new comprehensive EU-Africa strategy, the next Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF), and the European Green Deal. The Presidency will need to carefully navigate sensitive issues to promote a nuanced debate and pave the way for Member States’ agreement on strategic, comprehensive and coherent internal and external migration governance policies.
The next Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) will be instrumental in implementing the EU’s vision. In this context, it will be important that resources for asylum and migration respond to the needs and commitments of both the EU and its partners while also ensuring simpler processes for implementers.
Finally, given the critical role migration plays in the context of environment and climate change, the Croatian Presidency should integrate migration into the measures that will be taken in the framework of the European Green Deal and support the development of capacity for institutions at different levels.