16 October 2018
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Despite the importance of this topic - which is seeing the EU form "partnerships" with repressive governments in Africa to try to limit the arrival of migrants in Europe (ARCI, link) - the Council will be doing very little to provide transparency on its discussions.
See: NOTE from: Presidency to: Delegations: Presidency questionnaire (12272/18, LIMITE, 19 September 2018, pdf)
The document begins with a general overview of the Commission's proposals for the EU's budgets for the 2021-27 period and highlights the massive proposed increases in spending on asylum, migration and security (from 9.3 billion, 2014-20, to 34.9 billion, 2021-27 - although further funds for external migration projects will also be available from a range of other budgets).
Member States are then asked to "reflect on the following questions":
"1) Coherence and complementarity
2) Implementation of the dedicated components
The questionnaire was due to be discussed at a meeting of the Council's Ad-hoc Working Party on JHA Financial Instruments on 1st October (link to pdf).
Following quesitons from Statewatch, the Council admitted that this working party is keeping no minutes of its proceedings, preventing the public from having any meaningful knowledge (and thus input) into the ongoing discussions.
See: Keeping the public in the dark: Council working parties will keep no minutes of meetings on next EU budget (Statewatch News Online, 13 August 2018)
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