“The European Commission’s Mission to Reform EU Migration Policy: Will Member States Play Ball?”, Asli Selin Okyay and Luca Barana (IAI, Italy)

Europe’s institutional landscape and political context have evolved considerably over the past year, with implications spanning numerous policy domains, including migration. The formation of the new European Commission, its commitment to deliver a New Pact on Migration and Asylum and the negotiations for the next Multi-Annual Financial Framework (MFF) have set the stage for much needed reforms in the migration field, a policy area still largely driven by the emergency mindset inherited from the 2015–16 “crisis”. Such ambitious reform objectives have recently been reiterated by Ursula von der Leyen in her first State of the Union speech, during which she invited member states to step up their cooperation on migration, at the same time promising a more incisive role for her Commission in spearheading new policy proposals.

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