Global Europe blog

The new European Parliament and its role in the external dimension of EU migration policy: Time to stand up for our values

Two weeks before the European Parliament elections, heads of state and government of the EU met informally in Sibiu, Romania, to discuss the EU’s strategic plans for 2019-2024. The four ‘overarching priorities’ on the leaders’ strategic agenda were (1) protecting citizens and freedoms, (2) developing Europe’s economic base and model for the future, (3) building a greener, fairer and more inclusive future, and lastly, (4) promoting Europe’s interests and values in the world. While all of these objectives are important and intertwined to a certain degree, under the research agenda of “Global Europe” launched at TMC Asser Instituut, our attention will be focused on the fourth priority area, as it envisages positioning “Europe as a global player in the new strategic context”, working towards maintaining and developing the rules-based multilateral order, cooperating with countries of origin and transit on migration, as well as promoting EU’s interests and values.

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