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EU creates "enabling environment" for accepting Guantanamo detainees

The secretariat of the European Council (the meeting of all the EU Heads of Government) on Monday released this  factsheet on how it is creating an “enabling environment” for EU Memebr-States if they accept former Guantanamo detainees. In it’s own words it is for detainees that are “cleared for release” and “expressed their will to be resettled within the EU” and whom “for compelling reasons cannot return to their home countries of origin”. Among the elements of the “enablign environment” will be a comprehensive informatin sharing system.

Italy is so-far the only countriy that has announced it will accept detainees under the new agreement. But Spain, Portugal, Ireland & France have previously indicated thay would accept detainees.

Update on 19th June: WSJ says that the EU may only accept up to a dozen detainees.



David Garrahy

David Garrahy works in Brussels monitoring European Union activites. He is originally from Ireland and studied a Degree in Law & European Studies at the University of Limerick before earning a Masters in Globalisation at Dublin City Universty. Previously he has worked in the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs, the European Commission and as a Legislative Aide for an Irish Senator. His involvement in the EU has included working for the Irish Forum on Europe and campaigning in Referenda in favour of the Nice & Lisbon Treaties.

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Europe; Globalisation; European Comission.


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