The EU launched a Mobility Partnership with the Republic of Belarus at a meeting in Luxembourg on 13th October to ensure better management of migration flows. Under the Mobility Partnership, measures will be launched to increase cooperation in the areas of legal and labour migration, asylum and the protection of refugees, prevention and combating of irregular migration, including smuggling of migrants and human trafficking.
A Joint Declaration establishing a framework for future cooperation in the filed of migration and mobility was signed by EU Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship, Dimitris Avramopoulos, the Minister of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Belarus, Igor Shunevich, and the Ministers responsible for migration from the seven EU Member States participating in the Mobility Partnership (Bulgaria, Romania, Poland, Hungary, Finland, Latvia, Lithuania).
"The launch of this Mobility Partnership is an important step towards strengthening the cooperation between the European Union and Belarus in the area of migration, asylum and border management,” said Commissioner Avramopoulos. “If the EU wants to be successful in tackling the migration challenges, we also need to step up cooperation with important neighbouring countries such as Belarus."
Mobility Partnerships provide a flexible and non-legally binding framework for ensuring that the movement of people between the EU and a third country can be managed effectively. Together with the Visa Facilitation and Readmission agreements, the Mobility Partnership will be key instrument in developing the cooperation between the EU and Belarus on migration and in enhancing the mobility of EU and Belarus citizens in a secure environment.
Source: EU Neighbourhood Info Centre
Posted by: Kerstin Wondratschek