CM2107 ‘Working Documents’ in the Council of the EU cause a worrying increase in secrecy in the legislative process
Which EU legislative documents are or are not public has long been controversial in the Council of the EU, in spite of clear case law from the Court of Justice. With the introduction of the so-called ‘Delegates’ Portal’ in 2015, all categories of informal Council documents were replaced by the new label ‘working document’ (WK). This note examines the introduction of the WK label, the number of documents involved and the consequences for legislative transparency.
CM2106 Contribution to Stakeholders Meeting on Legal Migration
In this comment, the Meijers Committee contributes to the European Commission’s consultation with representatives of Civil Society on legal migration which took place on 20 April 2021. The Meijers Committee makes several recommendations concerning the Long-Term Residents Directive 2003/109 and the Single Permit Directive 2011/98.
CM2104 Creating second-class Union citizenship? Unequal treatment of Union citizens with dual nationality in ECRIS-TCN and the prohibition of discrimination
In this comment, we express our concerns regarding Regulation 2019/816, establishing a new large-scale EU database, ECRIS-TCN (hereafter the Regulation). In this database, personal data (including fingerprints and facial data) of third-country nationals with a criminal conviction in a Member State will be registered. The new database will also register similar information of Union citizens who also hold the nationality of a third country.
CM2105 Frontex and pushbacks: obligations and accountability
At the end of 2020, a joint investigation conducted by Bellingcat, Lighthouse Reports, Der Spiegel, ARD, and TV Asahi triggered closer scrutiny of Frontex’s role pushback operations at the Greek maritime border. This also led to a broader discussion of the agency’s obligations and its accountability more generally. In this context, a number of important questions remain unanswered.
CM2102 Follow-up on workshop Schengen Evaluation and Monitoring Mechanism
The Meijers Committee sent this letter to the DG for Migration and Home Affairs as a follow-up to a workshop with civil society of 8 January 2021 on the revision of the Schengen evaluation and monitoring mechanism. The Meijers Committee would like to emphasise that an effective Schengen Evaluation and Monitoring Mechanism serves not merely to foster mutual trust between Member States, but also citizens confidence in the well-functioning of the Schengen area. Transparency of the evaluation process and its result is essential for that confidence and for the legitimacy of the Schengen.