Brussels, September 8 (EFE).- The so-called “high-level network for returns”, which aims to strengthen cooperation between EU countries and Schengen associated countries in the return of migrants who do not have the right to stay in European territory, met for the first time on Thursday, the European Commission reported.
The EU Return Coordinator, Marie Jurich, chaired the first meeting of this network, which was composed of representatives of all EU Member States, Schengen Associated States and in which the Deputy Executive Director of Frontex Return Operations is also participating.
The network “will help the return coordinator to define priority activities in developing national frameworks, improving administrative and technical capacity to implement returns, as well as improving cooperation between Member States and Frontex,” the society’s executive said in a statement.
Both this coordinator and the high-level return network will play an important role in the development of the EU strategy on voluntary return and reintegration, proposed by the Commission in April 2021, the EC said.
An EU return coordinator was appointed on 2 March to establish a unified and efficient European return system.
His appointment is one of the innovations of the new Pact on Migration and Asylum to improve return management and coordination of actions between the EU and member states.
The EU’s return policy aims to increase the number of people returning to European territory without the right to do so through faster procedures.
According to the European Commission, only one third of EU third-country nationals are irregularly returned to their countries of origin.
Source: El Diario