Migration: the EU has “an obligation to engage in the long run”

February 25, 2016
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A Jean Monnet seminar on migration was held in Tunis on Monday and Tuesday 22-23 February 2016, organised within the framework of the European ‘Erasmus +’ programme by ‘Action Jean Monnet’, an academic research network for European integration, launched in 1989. Several personalities, politicians and academics from both sides of the Mediterranean attended, including two Tunisian Ministers and Laura Baeza, the EU’s Ambassador to Tunisia.
The European ‘Action Jean Monnet’ programme was initially limited to academics from member states, but has been extended to accession countries and today has an international scope.
The Ambassador emphasised that “migration has never been as important and critical as it is today, both from a political and human point of view: you can see how much it has dominated the news in recent months and threatens the geopolitical balance”.
“We find ourselves at a crossroads of a new paradigm, and the European Union has an obligation to engage in the long term, alongside its neighbours and the whole of Africa to tackle the problem” she added and detailed all the measures taken in Brussels in response to this situation, including setting up an Emergency Trust Fund. Baeza said it will be used “to promote stability in Africa, with an initial amount of over 1.8 billion euros, in addition to the development assistance provided to Africa by the EU.”

Countries covered:

  • Tunisia