Select Committee backs Migration Pact amendment

A majority of members of the Federal Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Select Committee have voted to back an amendment tabled by the Francophone and Flemish liberals and the Flemish Christian democrats backing the UN Migration Pact. The amendment was tabled by David Clarinval (Francophone liberal), Patrick Dewael (Flemish liberal) and Servais Verherstraeten (Flemish Christian democrat). 

As well as backing the Migration Pact it calls for talks between the EU countries that support the pact in order to reach agreement on an “explanation of positions”. The Francophone socialists’ amendment giving unequivocal support to the pact was defeated. The amendment received the support of the Francophone and Flemish liberals and the Flemish Christian democrats (coalition parties) and the Greens (Francophone and Flemish), the Flemish socialists and the Francophone Christian democrats.

The amendment stresses that the Migration Pact has come about after a year and a half of talks between the 193 countries that signed up to the ‘Declaration for Refugees and Migrants’ in 2016. It also states that Belgium has been “very active” in the negotiation process and the Belgian negotiators were in agreement with the final text. The amendment also makes reference to the experts and the Ambassador and Special Envoy on Asylum and Migration Jean-Luc Bodson that addressed the Select Committee on Tuesday.