Enhancing cooperation among the Prague Process states

The Prague Process Policy Talk 'The EU’s New Pact on Migration and Asylum: What role for international cooperation?' with Ms. Maria-Myrto Kanellopoulou, cabinet member of Vice-President Margaritis Schinas, and Mr. Martijn Pluim, ICMPD Director for Migration Dialogues and Cooperation,  took place on 22 October 2020. It focused on the Pact’s external dimension and possible ways for its operationalisation.

Described by the Vice-President of the European Commission, Margaritis Schinas, as the ‘most holistic attempt of the EC to establish a common EU migration and asylum system’, the EU’s new Pact on Migration and Asylum has attracted a great deal of attention. With internal solidarity being the most contested topic within the EU, the Pact’s external dimension represents the point of gravity for countries in the EU Neighbourhood, including the members of the Prague Process.

The New Pact is comprised of three main strands: the external dimension, robust management of the EU’s external borders and firm but fair internal rules, which ensure that solidarity is provided to the Member States under pressure. The Pact is designed to ensure that solidarity is effective in practice and that the challenges of migration are addressed comprehensively – be it outside or inside the EU.

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About the speakers

Ms Maria-Myrto Kanellopoulou is a member of the cabinet of Margaritis Schinas, Vice-President of the European Commission. She is responsible i.a. for the external aspects of migration policy, legal affairs and the fight against antisemitism. Having joined the Commission in 2009, Myrto was previously a member of the cabinets of the Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, and for Consumer Policy.

Mr Martijn Pluim is Director for Migration Dialogues and Cooperation at ICMPD. He has year-long experience in the external dimension of the EU’s migration policy.

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