Dear U-debate users,
Welcome to the Long-term residents and naturalization policy topic, which is discussing restriction imposed by some EU Member states on the current implementation of Council Directive 2003/109/EC concerning the status of third-country nationals who are long-term residents.
The basic purpose of this topic is to exchange and collect your contributions relating to the following starting question:
Some EU Member States restrict the current implementation of the EU Directive on the status of long-term residents by requiring additional documentation to accompany the applications of third-country nationals. Should the acquisition of long-term resident status and the rights protected therein be facilitated or further restricted?
Your contributions can highlight Issues, Alternatives, Pro Arguments, Con Arguments and Comments reflecting your main concerns, proposals, viewpoints or suggestions necessary to address problems in question. The ultimate aim of the discussion is to create a summary report of the discussion by the facilitator which will reflect participants’ concerns in a comprehensive way useful for different target groups such as citizens, immigrants workers, non-governmental organisations, decision-makers, stakeholders and media.
For more background information please consult the following documents:
1. Council Directive 2003/109/EC of 25 November 2003 concerning the status of third-country nationals who are long-term residents http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=CELEX:32003L0109:En:HTML .
This debate will run until 31 of March 2013 and facilitators report will be published in this thread. You are kindly requested to follow communication rules and principles of the U-debate available here (http://join.puzzledbypolicy.eu/tabid/143/ctl/TopicsThreadsByGroupView/mid/459/Topic/78/language/en-GB/uDebate.aspx ).
Kind regards, Simon Delakorda, facilitator