By Ignacio de la Serna
A Social Platform delegation composed of Caritas Europa along with Eurodiaconia, International Cooperation on Undocumented Migrants (PICUM) and International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) met with Home Affairs Commissioner Cecilia Malmström last week to discuss current and future migration policies.
Caritas Europa praised commissioner Malmström for her willingness to cooperate with civil society, and encouraged her to keep strengthening the dialogue with civil society on family reunification matters. Ms Malmström had already – at the 2012 Integration Forum – promised to work on procedures against member states violating the EU Directive on family reunification and on its interpretative guidelines. These guidelines should help member states to correctly implement the Directive. For instance they could help to transpose ‘more favourable’ optional clauses to remove the legal, financial and practical obstacles to family reunification that exist today.
Civil society organisations have given some comments on these guidelines and delivered them to the Commission early in 2013. “Caritas Europa welcomes the opportunity to meet with Commissioner Malmström and engage in a constructive dialogue. We hope to further contribute to the currently drafted interpretative guidelines to the Family reunification Directive, as we can provide the Commission with concrete cases and evidences” said Jorge Nuño Mayer, Secretary General of Caritas Europa.
Caritas Europa will follow with interest the Commission’s next steps to ensure that Social platform’s recommendation on migration will be taken into consideration.
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