Chancellor of Justice Tuomas Pöysti has reiterated that the newly adopted global compact for migration (GCM) is not a treaty and consequently did not have to be submitted for parliamentary approval.
Pöysti commented on the much-discussed intergovernmental pact on migration following a complaint by Ville Tavio (PS), a first-term Member of Parliament from Lappeenranta.
Tavio argued in his complaint that the government should have sought parliamentary approval for the migration pact because it lays out “factual commitments” for and “limits the discretionary powers” of the government on migration issues.
His complaint was rejected as groundless.
“The document in question states explicitly that it is not legally binding. This was highlighted also in the reports presented to the Parliament. The Chancellor of Justice determined that there are no legal grounds to draw a different conclusion on the issue,” reads a press release from the Office of the Chancellor of Justice.
The Finnish government, as a result, did not act unlawfully by not presenting the pact to the Parliament.
Tavio subsequently pointed out in his blog that the government neither is under any obligation to implement any elements of the pact, nor can it cite the pact as a document that imposes legislative obligations on Finland.
“The next government does not have to adhere to the pact and, if it so chooses, can withdraw from the pact,” he added.
The GCM is an intergovernmental pact prepared under the auspices of the UN General Assembly. Approximately 150 governments committed to the migration pact at an intergovernmental conference in Marrakesh, Morocco, on Monday, 10 December. The pact was not signed by the likes of Austria, Australia, Hungary, Italy, Slovakia and the United States.
It provides the first international, non-legally binding framework for joint efforts to ensure migration is safe, orderly and regulated.
Aleksi Teivainen – HT
Source: Uusi Suomi