An appraisal of the European Commission of crisis : has the Juncker Commission delivered a new start for EU Justice and Home Affairs?
Title: An appraisal of the European Commission of crisis : has the Juncker Commission delivered a new start for EU Justice and Home Affairs?
Author: CARRERA, Sergio
Publisher: Centre for European Policy Studies
Citation: Bruxelles : Centre for European Policy Studies, 2018
Series/Number: [Migration Policy Centre]
Has the Juncker Commission delivered a “new start” for EU Justice and Home Affairs (JHA) policies? This book examines the question in relation to the performance of the European Commission’s intra-institutional setting while taking stock of the most relevant legislative developments and acts in the EU Area of Freedom, Security and Justice (AFSJ) from 2014 up to the end of 2018. These developments are critically assessed in view of the rule of law and fundamental rights standards enshrined in the Treaties and the EU’s Better Regulation commitments. The book argues that this has been the Commission of crisis and that the 'politics of crisis’ have not benefited the Juncker Commission overall. They have allowed for greater intergovernmentalism, rule of law backsliding, informalisation and exceptionalism in EU AFSJ policies. The book puts forward a set of policy priorities for the next Commission term from mid-2019. It recommends unequivocally placing EU founding principles first – rule of law, fundamental rights and democracy – as these reinforce each other and work together in safeguarding the constitutional core of the EU and its member states. They are also key ingredients for ensuring the legitimation and credibility of European integration and maintaining social trust.
Table of Contents:
-- 1. Introduction -- 2. The Commission’s new structure: one hat too many? -- 3. Legal and policy developments: promises made, promises kept? 3.1 Schengen and securing external borders 3.1.1 The European Border and Coast Guard 3.1.2 The Schengen Area 3.2 Asylum and refugees 3.2.1 Relocation and hotspots 3.2.2 Reforming the Common European Asylum System 3.2.3 EASO: Towards an EU Asylum Agency 3.3 Legal Immigration 3.4 Irregular entries and third-country cooperation on expulsions 3.4.1 EU-Turkey Statement and the Facility for Refugees 3.4.2 Readmission and root causes 3.4.3 Returns 3.4.4 Migrant smuggling 3.5 Criminal justice and police cooperation 3.5.1 European Public Prosecutor’s Office 3.5.2 Europol 3.5.3 E-evidence, data retention and terrorist content online 3.5.4 EU-US Privacy Shield 3.5.5 Interoperability, information systems and eu-LISA 3.6 Rule of law and fundamental rights 3.6.1 Fundamental rights 3.6.2 Rule of law -- 4. Conclusions and priorities 4.1 Priorities 4.1.1 Intra-Institutional 4.1.2 Substantive or Thematic
Grant number: FP7/313288/EU
Type of Access: openAccess