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EC Readmission Agreements

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By 1 January 2006, the Commission had negotiated five readmission agreements on behalf of the European Community, and had mandates from the Council to negotiate a further six agreements. The negotiation of EC readmission treaties should now be seen in the context of the conclusions of the Seville European Council, which sought to place pressure on third countries to cooperate with the EU's immigration and asylum objectives. Two aspects of readmission agreements give rise to concern. First, this is apparently the only area of EC external relations where the EC draws up negotiating mandates without first ensuring through informal contacts that the other party wishes to negotiate an agreement. The final point is the assumption in the readmission agreements that persons can be left in limbo indefinitely awaiting the application of the readmission agreement where there is a delay preventing its application.

Keywords: asylum responsibility; European Community; illegal immigration; readmission agreements

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