April 28, 2008
On the one hand, the EMI approves the fact that Art. 79 TFEU establishes the regulation of immigration policy in terms comparable to the Draft Constitution. However, when mention is made of the right of each Member State to establish “volumes of admission”, the article does not dare to speak about a common policy with the aim that these volumes are distributed fairly among the Member States, according to the needs of the labour market in each of them. There are ways to establish this common policy which would presumably be acceptable to all Member States. For example:
a) This policy would only be as a recommendation and not an obligation.
b) Maintain the right to veto.
The EMI needs to contribute to break this taboo of speaking about a common policy.