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Migration Action, Trade With Australia, Cutting Red Tape

  • July 13th, 2007
  • Posted by EUEditor

eu-flag-reduced-larger12.pngMore action on illegal immigration; more imports from Australia; and less trouble with red tape for Europeans.
ACTION ON ILLEGAL MIGRANTS

An extended “work program” has commenced to deal with pressure from migration into Europe, using €14-million (A$22.26-million; Dcerates.com, 13.7.07) voted by the European Parliament.

A Europe-wide drive will concentrate spending on the return of illegal migrants, employment of returnees, production of information about immigration, and handling problems with reception of arrivals.

It forms part of a general two-part strategy: more active and stringent controls against clandestine entry into European territory; and sophisticated management of legal entry, including training and employment schemes, new visas programs for skilled workers and active liaison with home countries of intending migrants.

The EU Vice President for Justice, Freedom and Security, Franco Frattini, said (9.7.07) Europe had needed to step up its capacity for dealing with migration.

“The EU is facing a rapid increase in migratory pressure, especially on its southern borders,” he said.

Additional pressure was also coming from the exodus of people affected by the crisis in Iraq.

MORE IMPORTS FROM AUSTRALIA

Australian exports to Europe have remained strong in a general growth setting, going up by 12% in the year to May 2007.

Total value of Australia’s exports reached A$18.7-billion, including a lift in manufactures (6%), and resources (coal 8%) – though there were drops in petroleum and other mineral fuels.

The Trade Ministry figures offered a sign of the times: to China up 30%; Korea 15%, India 31%.

The results chipped at Australia’s trade deficit, now A$10.4-billion, against A$14.1-billion for the preceding year.

LESS RED TAPE FOR EUROPEANS

A five-year anniversary celebration is taking place without undue ceremony or protocol, for the inauguration of “Solvit“, an agency of the European Commission set up to help cut red tape.

The agency says it has an office in every EU country easily contacted by email or online, for the use of businesses and individuals – if they are themselves European.

Some of the problems tackled were: Difficulty getting a residence permit; qualifications not recognised; denial of business access to a certain EU market.

The chief case study being celebrated this week (WB8.7.07): Heard the one about, an Italian national who bought an American car via a Dutch importer who had registered the car in Germany; the local Italian vehicle registration office did not accept the papers usually needed to register the car and requested more documents; Solvit Italy asked the Italian transport ministry
to intervene, and this prompted the registration office to “do their job” – within three weeks.

The Solvit centres say they are just helping people to enforce their rights, and have settled 1 800 disputes without the need for legal proceedings – “the vast majority in under ten weeks.”

Reference: Solvit, http://ec.europa.eu/

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