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By Agata Caminiti
The first day of the European Council was opened with a speech given by the President of ANUE Eduard Sagarra who introduced the theme of immigration and underlined the importance of collaboration among countries in order to find a solution to this situation. He stated that “this must be a European policy and not a State to State policy. It’s impossible for Italy, Spain, Greece and Portugal to deal with this problem alone”. He reminded the European Council about the articles of the Lisbon Treaty and the importance of values and principles that are the “structure of our building”. Then he incited the members to fi nd solutions to this situation, as the present is the most important moment to act “Life does not have a general rehearsal” (La vida no tiene un ensayo general). The European Council then started the session with the fi rst topic on the Agenda: Immigration. This issue engaged most of the countries present seeing a very active participation of Belgium, Greece, France, Finland, UK, Sweden, Germany and Romania. All countries agreed on the importance of integration, respect of human rights and considered that the European Council must focus on improving living conditions of immigrants once they arrive in a new country. Consequently, they presented a sequence of moderated caucuses that took up a large part of the morning. Many countries also reminded the European Council that tragedies like Lampedusa that occurred in October 2013, should no longer happen and it is our responsibility to prevent these.
As a solution to the immigration problem, Belgium proposed to better support Frontex and improve border security. Some countries opposed this solution stating “it is not the police that must fi nd a solution to this problem”.
Greece also tried to propose a new solution based on bringing back manufacturing from Asia to Europe, in order to improve the economy of the countries of the Mediterranean coast that receive the majority of immigrants, and possibly create new job opportunities for them and improve their living conditions once they arrive in a new country.
After an animated session, the majority of countries turned over to support Belgium and decided that improving security borders and better support Frontex is the solution, in a time where there is still so much to be done and the lack of new ideas seems to characterize our society.
This article was published in The Clarion, official newspaper of CMUN , the Model United Nations of Barcelona. Read the other articles:
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