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EU signs Readmission Agreements with Cape Verde and Armenia

19.04.2013, 13:20 GMT

The Irish Presidency, on behalf of the EU, signed two Readmission Agreements this week at ceremonies in Brussels; with Cape Verde and with Armenia.

The agreements set out clear obligations and procedures for the authorities of EU Member States and of Cape Verde and Armenia as to how and when to take people back who are illegally residing in each other’s territories. The agreements apply to nationals of the participating states and to third country nationals.

The Readmission Agreements with Cape Verde and Armenia,  in conjunction with the respective Visa Facilitation Agreements signed with both states last year, are an important step towards the better management of migration flows between the European Union and both Armenia and Cape Verde. The Agreements are expected to come into force in the coming months, at the same time as the respective Visa Facilitation Agreements.

Welcoming the Agreements with Cape Verde and Armenia, Ireland’s Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence, Alan Shatter said:

“These Readmission Agreements are a further step towards a comprehensive and balanced migration policy between the European Union and Cape Verde and  Armenia and I look forward to continued cooperation with both states in addressing the challenges and opportunities resulting from migration.”

The Readmission Agreements were signed on behalf of the EU by representatives of the Irish Presidency and of the European Commission. The agreements were signed on behalf of Cape Verde by Ambassador Maria de Jesus Mascarenhas and on behalf of Armenia by Edward Nalbandian, Minister for Foreign Affairs. 

The conclusion of both Agreements requires the consent of the European Parliament and the Council. 

These agreements further support the Presidency’s work in regard to asylum and migration policy as outlined in our Presidency Programme. Progress has been achieved on the Common European Asylum System and the Presidency will continue to advance negotiations on other legislative proposals in regard to asylum and immigration matters.

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