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EU-Mali: text of the "common communication" on migration signed on 11 December; Standard Operating Procedures for return
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The EU's approach towards making "deals" on migration with non-EU states continued with the signing of a "common communique" with the government of Mali on 11 December in Bamako. In the communique, the EU and Mali commit to drafting a 'Joint Roadmap' that will focus on the creation of employment for young people; the "reinforcement of coherent and robust civil registration systems"; the introduction of biometric passports; border "management" procedures and "better control of the territory"; countering trafficking and smuggling and returns from Europe to Mali.

See: Communiqué commun Mali – EU - À la suite du Dialogue de Haut Niveau sur la Migration- Bamako, le 11 Décembre 2016 (French only, pdf). Summary translation of the key points:

"As a concrete result of the High Level Dialogue on Migration of 11 December 2016... both sides plan to strengthen their collaboration are the creation of employment for young people in the regions of origin and origin of migrants; the strengthening of coherent and robust civil registry systems, as well as the issuance of secure identity cards and passports and the use of biometric passports; border management and better control of the territory; the protection of migrants in transit in Mali and the fight against trafficking in human beings and the "smugglers"; the accompaniment of returns from Europe of irregular persons, on the basis of standard procedures, concluded between the two parties while respecting their mutual obligations. The two sides also placed particular emphasis on respect for the human rights of the persons concerned.

The two sides agreed to set up an appropriate structure for local consultation, under the auspices of the Government of Mali and with the full participation of the European side, in order to coordinate the various actions and programs within the framework of cooperation on migratory issues, and to ensure consistency with national strategic orientations."

The "standard procedures" mentioned were approved by the Justice and Home Affairs Council at their meeting on 8-9 December (pdf). See: Draft Standard Operating Procedures between the EU and the Republic of Mali for the identification and return of persons without an authorisation to stay (15050/16, LIMITE, 6 December 2016, pdf)

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