When presenting the New Pact, the Commission put a lot of emphasis on the need for an effective return policy. The argument which Commissioner Johansson kept using was that only one third of the asylum seekers are being granted asylum, although analyses clearly show that during the previous years around 60 percent received protection, including in appeal. Another assumption underlying the proposals is that the current legislation on return procedures is causing ineffective return policies. This was exactly the reason behind the proposed recast Return Directive which is still under negotiation.
Tineke presented her Implementation Report of the Return Directive during the Plenary session on the 15 December 2020.
Letter from Ms Monique Pariat, Director General Migration and Home Affairs at European Commission to Mr Juan Fernando Lopez Aguilar, Chairman of the LIBE Committee on EU Readmission agreements and other “EU arrangements” (19/10/2020)