EU Declares UN Migration Pact Legally Binding


After repeated assurances from German
Chancellor Angela Merkel that the agreement is non-binding, the European Union
changed course and declared the UN Migration Pact to be legally binding to
every member-nation of the EU:

“UN Migration Pact ought to be legally
binding for every EU member state including those which withdrew from the

The agreement officially named
“Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration” — includes a provision
that reads:

“No country can address the
challenges and opportunities of this global phenomenon on its own.”

The Pact also defined the situation
of mass migration as “inevitable, necessary and desirable”.

Earlier this week, Austria and
Hungary foreshadowed the events and warned that the Brussels summit plans to
include the controversial UN Migration Pact into the legal framework of the EU
by using backdoor channels.

Austria’s Foreign Minister Karin
Kneissl said she was astonished to learn that the new document showing the
Commission’s claim that the agreement was non-binding had apparently been

However, Austrian EU Commissioner
Johannes Hahn dismissed Kneissl’s concern as a “storm in a teacup”:

“The position of the European
Commission remained that the so-called UN Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and
Regular Migration was not legally binding.”

Austrian Freedom Party (FPÖ)’s leader
in the European Parliament, Harald Vilimsky, said the Commission report has
proven that his party was right to lobby for Austria’s withdrawal from the UN

Vilimsky described the functions of
the FPO as one that acts as “a protective umbrella for Austria and defends the
country’s interests.” He also emphasized Kneissl’s statement that Austria is
against any back door tactics that the European Commission plans to use to
enforce the Pact on the member-nations:

“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.”

Kneissl’s Hungarian counterpart,
Péter Szijjártó, echoed her sentiment:

 “(The report) is tangible proof that the EU
intended to make the UN compact mandatory across the entire bloc and Legal
Service resorted to crafting lengthy and devious legal grounds in order to make
the agreement legally binding.”

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