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Migration: EU and Member States work towards implementation of latest Action Plan on returns
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The EU and its Member States are working towards the implementation of the European Commission's "renewed Action Plan" on European returns policy, published in March this year. At the latest meeting of the Commission-hosted 'Contact Group - Return Directive', which brings together EU and national officials, "Member States expressed general support in relation to the policy line and specific recommendations," but also highlighted that "on some specific recommendation, [sic] there may be divergences of views among Member States and with the Commission, and that some may be difficult to apply in practice for technical or political reasons."

Member States' representatives also warned against a "proliferation of European norms on return." The renewed Action Plan is a replacement for the largely ineffective September 2015 Action Plan (Statewatch News Online, 25 October 2015).

The minutes provide a recommendation-by-recommendation summary of what was discussed at the meeting, held in Brussels on 3 May 2017. See: Minutes of the 22nd meeting of the Contact Group Return Directive (pdf)

The renewed Action Plan: Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament and the Council - On a more effective return policy in the European Union - renewed Action Plan (COM(2017) 200 final, 2 March 2017, pdf)

And the recommendations in detail: Annex to the renewed Action Plan (pdf)

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