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Freedom – Security – Justice

Towards a Common Internal and Security Policy in the European Union?

During the works of the Convention it became clear that it is still important to maintain the balance between national responsibility, joint fulfillment of tasks, and financial burden-sharing.

Urszula Pallasz

  1. Immigration. During the works of the Convention it became clear that it is still important to maintain the balance between national responsibility, joint fulfillment of tasks, and financial burden-sharing. The "Freedom, Security and Justice" Working Group regarded the current legal bases in principle as sufficient, as they cover the immigration domain. There was also a common understanding, that the Member States "remain responsible for the volumes of admission of third country nationals and of their integration into the host country".

    In the specific area of integration most members of the Convention consider the Union as provider of incentive and supporting measures to national efforts. Nevertheless, acknowledging the slow progress in the immigration policy-area as envisaged by the Tampere European Council, there is a strong desire to move to qualified majority voting and codecision for legislation. Whether it will become reality in the provisions of the new Constitutional Treaty, remains to be seen. Another recommendation of the Working Group, which is to enshrine in the Treaty a common policy on immigration as an EU objective, seems to be realistic.

  2. "Fortress Europe" relocated to the new outer borders of the EU in the east? It would be a mistake to perceive the common EU borders with Russia, Ukraine, Belarus and Moldova as a factor posing a threat to the Union´s internal security. International criminal activity is a side-effect of globalisation and of transformations. It is our common interest to co-operate and combat it. If we succeed, and if Eastern European states meet standards for example of border and immigration controls as well as travel documents, the EU might consider some flexibility in the visa regime.

    The "Freedom, Security and Justice" Working Group recommends, that the Treaty should enshrine provisions in line with the Seville European Council decision concerning further integration of external border protection. The creation of a common strategy for managing external borders is a welcome step to protect the Union´s residents from cross-border crime, terrorism and other threats. From Poland´s point of view the proposed gradual development of an integrated system of external border control management is most welcome. External borders of the EU should be perceived as a matter of shared interest and responsibility. This needs to be considered also in financial terms.

  3. What will the integration of the third pillar of the EU in the EU Treaty bring in terms of changes? A merger of the first and third pillars would not automatically mean the "communitisation" of police and judical cooperation as it happened with e.g. market legislation. Even in the JHA policies that have already moved to the first pillar (asylum, migration, external border controls, civil law) the Member States have limited the role of EP and Court of Justice. The "Freedom, Security and Justice" Working Group recommends therefore the extension of QMV and codecision (EP) procedure.

    Moreover, the Group recommends that Europol activities must be subject to control by the EP and by the European Court of Justice. A proposed overcoming of the pillar structure will emphasize the necessity to develop a coherent policy. It provides also for simplifying procedures. It seems possible to base decision making procedures for the entire area on those in the first pillar (it means Framework Decisions replaced by framework laws – today: directives, Decisions replaced by laws – today: directives as proposed by the Working Group on Simplification).

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