5 January 2022
This major initiative of the von der Leyen Commission strives to address the tension between the “responsibility” of countries of first entry and the “solidarity” from second-line countries to share with the former the burden of welcoming asylum-seekers who arrive in the EU. [...] The continual disagreements regarding the core of the negotiations of the Pact on Migration and Asylum, the abuses in the application of existing asylum law, the weakened trust between Member States for the exercise of free movement within the Schengen Area do not seem to have any relation to each other on the surface. [...] They therefore propose to go back to the very sources of the values that have inspired, since the Tampere European Council, the construction of a common area both for the exercise of free movement and for the organisation of asylum on a European scale. [...] The development of such initiatives on a European scale is an objective that the EU institutions, with the support of the Member States, must pursue, both in the interests of protecting the fundamental rights of refugees and of adapting local populations to the arrival of new people with special needs. [...] The application process would include the presentation of a valid identity card or passport, a travel document authorising the person to cross the border, evidence that the person has sufficient resources for the duration of the stay and travel tickets for the outbound and return journeys.