“The European crisis management- Recent developments” 12/11/2018

In the framework of the training seminar “Management of the EU’s external borders in the Eastern Mediterranean”, the 3rd session entitled “ The European crisis management- Recent developments ” was successfully held on November 12th, 2018.

Coordinator of the discussion was Ms. Panagiota Manoli, Assistant Professor of Political Economy of International Relations at the Department of Mediterranean Studies, University of the Aegean (Rhodes – Greece). 

In his presentation, Mr Ioannis Stribis, Assistant Professor of International Institutions at the University of the Aegean, first highlighted the underlying phenomenon of the migrant crisis related to the need for long-term and coordinated EU action in order to be able to respond effectively. Mr Stribis focused on the conclusions of the European Council of 28 June 2018 and presented the six key EU action guidelines. In his overall assessment of the above complex strategy, Mr Stribis first referred to the problem of the inherent conflict of effective border control policies and international search and rescue obligations, while also identifying significant practical problems.

Next speaker, Ms Metaxia Kouskouna, Assistant Professor of European Law at the School of Law of the University of Athens, focused on the legal framework under which the overall effort to tackle the immigration problem in the EU is attempted and evolved. Ms Kouskouna presented briefly the laws specifically governing the production of EU legal acts in the fields of asylum, immigration and control of its external borders. It was further noted that the nature of the EU’s competences in these areas is concurrent and implemented mainly through the ordinary legislative procedure, while it is also providing parliamentary and judicial scrutiny of the relevant EU rules of law.

Finally, in his speech Dr. Nicholas Lambas, Visiting Researcher at the University of the Peloponnese, presented a detailed analysis of the national policies of dealing with the migrant crisis and in particular the cases of Germany and Italy. Mr Lambas’ comparative analysis highlighted the similar and simultaneous tendency to tighten immigration policy in the above countries despite their different manifestations such as the refusal to dock rescue vessels, agreements with third countries for offshore management, the imposition of entry and family reunion restrictions and the reintroduction of controls at the EU’s internal borders. In addition, he referred to the timely determinants of policy formulation such as national identity issues and labor market needs, while exploring the creation of narratives that present immigrants and refugees as a threat to the security and economy of European states.

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