The Austrian Presidency was instrumental in driving forward our work on security and particularly the fight against terrorism. I am very happy to see that today Ministers agreed their negotiating position on the rules we proposed to stop the spread of terrorist content online. This was done in record time and shows great commitment to keeping Europeans safe online.
You know that we have only some months before the European elections, and we have to do our job in the meantime in order to finalise key files. I hope the ministers today will show readiness and political will in order to move forward
I would like to welcome you all to this fourth, Ministerial EU Internet Forum. I am proud to see that this Forum we took the initiative to create back in 2015 is still such a rich and vibrant platform for action against extremism on the internet.
The comprehensive approach established by the EU and its Member States over the past four years has delivered tangible results. We have deepened cooperation with partners outside the EU, saved almost 700,000 lives in the Mediterranean, and better protected our external borders.
I cannot stress enough how important the issue of integration is, and will be even more so in the years to come. Our citizens also feel very strongly about this. According to a recent survey conducted in all EU countries, seven in ten Europeans think that integrating immigrants is a necessary investment in the long-run for their country.
If we want to catch criminals and terrorists, we have to follow the money. Today, we are beefing up the EU's response to money laundering, making sure that criminals and terrorists no longer get away with illegally gained money and face deserved justice.
Taking the presidency of the European Union is always both an opportunity and a responsibility. The European Commission and I personally are here to support Romania to make a success of its first presidency of the EU.
The Schengen Information System lies at the very heart of Schengen, safeguarding the free movement of people within the area, but also protecting our citizens from those who wish to abuse that freedom.
Our cooperation is key and meetings, like the one today, contribute to reinforce our partnership, our unity and the confidence in each other. Europe and Africa are facing the same challenges. Together we can be stronger.
The United States and the European Union reaffirmed their commitment to jointly address common challenges in the areas of justice and home affairs and praised the excellent level of exchanges and operational cooperation, for the benefit of the security of citizens on both sides of the Atlantic.
From today onwards, the eu-LISA Agency will be transformed into an even stronger nerve centre of all our information systems for borders, migration and security.
S'agissant des questions migratoires, le Ministre et le Commissaire ont réaffirmé la nécessité de poursuivre une approche européenne globale et coordonnée, juste et ferme afin de répondre aux défis migratoires actuels, en agissant tant sur le plan international par le renforcement de la coopération avec les pays d'origine et de transit des migrants en dehors de l'Union Européenne que sur le plan interne au sein de l'Union Européenne.
Some believed in the beginning that it would be the economic crisis to cause this. Finally, it is migration and security that are the main challenging issues. Both issues have fueled the rise of nationalism and populism - which is the biggest challenge of all