Joint NGO statement ahead of the European Council o f 28-29 June 2016 NGOs strongly condemn new EU policies to contain migration

Joint NGO statement ahead of the European Council o f 28-29 June 2016 NGOs strongly condemn new EU policies to contain migration

At  the  upcoming  European  Council,  European  Union  (EU)  leaders  will  discuss  the European Commission’s  Communication  on  a  new  Partnership  Framework  with  third  countries .  The Communication  proposes  an  approach  which  aims  to  le verage  existing  EU  and  Member  States' external cooperation instruments and tools in order  to stem migration to Europe. The undersigned organisations express their grave concern about the  direction the EU is taking by making deterrence and return the main objective of the Union's relati onship with third countries. More broadly, this new Partnership Framework risks cementing a shift towards a foreign policy that serves one single objective,  to  curb  migration,  at  the  expense  of  European  credibility  and  leverage  in  defence  of fundamental values and human rights.

Joint NGO statement