Převzato dne 3.9.2008 z: http://www.caritas-europa.org/code/EN/migr.asp?Page=834
Caritas Europa issues statement on EP's vote on Return Directive
Brussels, 19 June 2008 - Caritas Europa, the network of 48 Caritas organisations present in 44 European countries, expresses its concern with regard to the outcome of the final debate and vote in the European Parliament on the proposal for a directive on common standards and procedures in Member States for returning illegally staying third-country nationals, the so-called Return Directive.
The organisation has followed relevant developments since presentation of the initial draft by the European Commission in September 2005. Some of the amendments adopted by the European Parliament have improved the proposal, but the text still includes a number of critical points.
. Being firmly opposed to detention of children, Caritas Europa finds disappointing that the directive allows for detention of unaccompanied children and families with children (article 15), even if only as last resort.
Caritas Europa considers that the EU-wide re-entry ban for a maximum of five years is disproportionate to the objective of removing undocumented migrants and has the effect of a double penalty. Indeed, the directive foresees a systematic re-entry ban for those who are forcibly returned (article 9).
Caritas Europa supports the EU commitment to prioritise the option of voluntary departure. However, the period of 7 to 30 days granted by the directive (article 6 a) for leaving the territory of the concerned Member State, is not an adequate expression of this commitment. The experience of Caritas organisations in counselling returneees shows that more time is necessary in order to enable return in dignity.
Ahead of the crucial vote in the European Parliament, Caritas Europa, the Conference of European Churches, the Commission of the Bishop's Conference of the European Community and the Churches' Commission for Migrants in Europe had sent a joint letter to all Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) in a last attempt for them to take the following points:
The Caritas Europa network will closely monitor transposition and implementation at national level after entry into force of the Return Directive.