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By Agata Caminiti
After the announcement, made by the Minister of Spain, regarding the Melilla crisis that saw more than 700 people involved in trying to jump the border wall between Morocco and Spain, the third day of sessions of the European Council focused on the purpose of creating a draft resolution on the refugee issue.
The draft resolution sponsored by Belgium, Finland, France, United Kingdom, Sweden and Greece, was approved by all countries and formally became the second resolution approved by the European Council on the third and last day of C’MUN 2014. The resolution presented had many interesting points based on the purpose of harmonizing the efforts for common minimum standards for asylum and refugee treatment; it also invokes the support from the European Asylum Office UNHCR and underlines that refugees must be provided of basic humanitarian conditions; it recommends to establish a common emergency action policy; it recommends the European Union Commission to further discuss the legality of “push-back” operations; it recommends the EU to revise the genuine reception capability and suggests the European Commission to identify if countries reject refugees because it’s a problem of capacity or a problem due to internal policies.
The countries that sponsored the resolution also suggested some guidelines to include to the Common European Asylum such as the necessity to receive a temporary residential permit in the country they applied for asylum. They also suggested a harmonization of the National Asylum system of European Union countries to create more equality between asylum seekers in different European countries. One of the most interesting aspects of this second resolution also suggests to simplify the asylum seekers procedure in different European countries and to consider the problematic issues arising with resettlement policies.
After approving the second resolution, the European Council moved on to discuss the third topic on the Agenda: ethnic minorities. Due to timing problems, the debate had to be postponed and all countries were invited to participate to the Summit on Ethnic Minorities that will take place in France in July 2014. After all countries agreed on participating to the Summit, the Chair and Co-Chair passed on to the nominations of Mr Europe, Mrs Europe and Mr/Mrs Self-Centered.
As a result, the title of Mr Europe went to the minister of France who played a fundamental role in both resolutions. This title was followed by the nomination of Mrs Europe that went to Finland, followed by the Self-Centered title that went to the elegant Minister of Belgium. A special mention went to the Minister of the United Kingdom that received an award for best rookie of the European Council.
In the afternoon, all Heads of States expressed their enthusiasm during the closing ceremony of C’Mun 2014. See you next year.
This article was published in The Clarion, the official newspaper of CMUN , the Model United Nations of Barcelona. Read the other articles:
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