The EU established guidelines for the common immigration policy during the Tampere Summit in 1999. It was a time when Riga and Vilnius, two years after Tallinn, finally crossed their strategic threshold and started the EU entry negotiations after the Helsinki Summit. Because of the certain euphoria of that time the issue of immigration never really appeared as a policy issue in the three Baltic States. Today, the guidelines of the Tampere Council, through the directive of readmission of third country workers and the 2005 Policy plan on legal migration, have evolved into the full fledged ...
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