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Wed, 05 Mar, 2014 12:00:32 AM
FTimes Report, March 5
File picture of Interior Minister Päivi Räsänen. Photo – Lehtikuva.
The Interior Minister Päivi Räsänen said Finland thinks that steps should be taken to ensure a credible return policy for the EU, said a government press release. 
“A successful return policy is a prerequisite for well-managed migration and for the credibility of the migration and asylum system,” said the interior minister while attending a meeting of the Justice and Home Affairs Council in Brussels on March 3.
In the discussions, Räsänen proposed that the EU should consider starting negotiations of readmission agreements with new countries.
“It is very important for the EU to have a common and credible policy in this field, too. A large number of Member States consider further development of return policy to be essential when drawing up new strategic guidelines for the JHA sector,” said Räsänen.
She said, from Finland's perspective, voluntary return has always been the primary option. “At the moment, we are striving to make this option increasingly attractive by reforming the associated support services.”
The member states may also agree on return arrangements bilaterally with non-EU countries if the EU does not reach agreement on readmission questions with the country concerned.
“Finland wants to be actively involved in the creation of bilateral arrangements, if efforts to agree on an EU-level arrangement are not successful,” said Räsänen.
At the meeting, the commission also briefed the council about action taken by the Task Force Mediterranean and the associated follow-up.
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