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No surprise as EU declares UN Migration Compact legally binding

Brussels is planning to incorporate the controversial UN Migration Compact into the EU’s legal framework "through the back door" both Austria and Hungary have warned. German Chancellor Angela Merkel had been insisting that the document is non-binding.

Published: March 22, 2019, 7:15 am

    Brussels

    Austrian Foreign Minister Karin Kneissl voiced her government’s opposition to a report by the European Commission’s Legal Service declaring that the UN Compact ought to be legally binding for every EU member state including those which withdrew from the agreement.

    The Compact describes mass migration as “inevitable, necessary and desirable”. Merkel’s government has in fact been the main architect of the Compact.

    An AfD MP Petr Bystron downloaded the text from the German government’s website, and highlighted that the Federal Foreign Office has been taking credit for the Compact, claiming they had worked on the agreement as early as 2016.

    Thus, given these repeated assurances from Merkel, Kneissl said she was “astonished” to learn that the new document showing the Commission had apparently reversed its previous stance that the Compact was non-binding.

    On Monday, the Austrian Freedom Party (FPÖ) minister handed a paper outlining the government’s position on the issue to Austrian EU Commissioner Johannes Hahn.

    Austria has rejected the Legal Service’s conclusions on the basis that “UN General Assembly resolutions are not legally binding and you can not declare parts of them binding”.

    Hahn dismissed Kneissl’s concern as a “storm in a teacup”, according to the Kronen Zeitung, He said that the position of the European Commission remained that the so-called UN Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration was not legally binding.

    But the FPÖ’s leader in the European Parliament, Harald Vilimsky, said the latest developments regarding the EU legal document has proven that his party was right to lobby for Austria’s withdrawal from the UN agreement.

    As a governing coalition partner, his party acts as “a protective umbrella for Austria and defends the country’s interests,” he said, underscoring Kneissl’s statement that Austria is “against European Commission plans to bring the UN migration pact in through the back door”.

    Vilimsky said: “We insist on retaining national sovereignty on the issue of asylum and migration… It cannot be the case that there is a ‘right to migration’ [brought into EU law], because that would leave Europe with unsolvable problems.”

    On Monday, Kneissl’s Hungarian counterpart, Péter Szijjártó, described the Commission report as “tangible proof” that the EU was planning to make the UN compact mandatory.

    At a press conference in Brussels he explained that the Legal Service had formulated “lengthy and devious” legal grounds for making the agreement legally binding.

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    • Henk Van Helmond

      Fake news. In order for this to be legally binding, nations must pass laws adopting it as such, since no nation has, how the hell can it be “legally” binding? Its the same as climate change targets, nations agree to lower carbon by 2% by 2022 or whatever! A few have already said they won’t make it, penalty? none; it was never a law.

      Maybe you need to start publishing real stories instead to the Alex Jones type! Look at where he is today? Being sued. maybe that should be a warning to you, the publishers of this second rate blog.

      • You are correct that this is not legally binding – yet. This text states correctly that if the EU Commission wants to make it binding and force it on every member state, there is a good chance it will succeed. Then every member state must adopt it in its national laws or there will definitly be penalties.
        Stop trolling this site with nonsense “Fake news” accusations.

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