EU announces plan on welcoming Ukrainian refugees

EU announces plan on welcoming Ukrainian refugees
Asylum seekers from Ukraine waiting to register at the old Jules Bordet hospital in Brussels. Credit: Belga

The European Commission presented on Monday a plan in 10 points on stronger European coordination on welcoming people fleeing the war in Ukraine.

The plan was announced at yesterday’s extraordinary Justice and Home Affairs Council by Vice-President Margaritis Schinas and Commissioner Ylva Johansson, in coordination with the French EU Presidency. It follows the call last week of the European Council to the member states to “intensify their efforts in a continued spirit of unity and solidarity”.

The 10-Point Plan

  1. Create an EU platform for registration to exchange information on beneficiaries of temporary protection and national protection statuses.
  2. An EU level coordinated approach for transport and information hubs, supported by the European Union Agency for Asylum (EUAA).
  3. Mapping reception capacity and accommodation to match the offers of those Member States that can provide help to those that need support, and help organise transfers from Member States under most pressure.
  4. Developing national contingency plans to address medium to long-term needs. The Commission will support Member States and it will develop a common European contingency and response plan.
  5. The Commission together with EUAA will develop standard operating procedures and uniform guidance for the reception and support of children, and the Commission to develop specific procedures for the transfer of unaccompanied minors.
  6. common anti-trafficking plan to prevent trafficking and exploitation under the lead of the EU Anti-Trafficking Coordinator.
  7. Reinforced solidarity with Moldova through increased transfers and the rapid deployment of Frontex teams to Moldova, supported by EU funding as an immediate priority.
  8. A reinforced framework for international cooperation on safe destinations to establish coordinated actions for welcoming those fleeing the conflict, including those third country nationals unable to return home.
  9. Address internal security implications of the war in Ukraine, such as organised crime and trafficking groups and ensuring the enforcement of EU sanctions against Russian and Belarussian individuals.
  10. Adequate resources and funding and flexible use of funding.

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