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Remarks by Commissioner Avramopoulos at the 3rd Berlin Roundtable on Refugees and Migration, 29/5/2017

29 May 2017

We all reached the conclusion that it’s a global issue, a global responsibility. And the fact that last year, the United Nations held this very important gathering in New York, where leaders from all over the world were committed to work together, to cooperate in order to address all these challenges that are putting in danger the values and principles upon which the post-war world is build, including the European Union.

Doorstep by Commissionner Avramopoulos at the JHA Council, Brussels 18/5/2017

18 May 2017

Όπως γνωρίζετε, θα έχουμε ξεχωριστές συναντήσεις με τους Υπουργούς Άμυνας, τους Υπουργούς Εσωτερικών και τους Υπουργούς Αναπτυξιακής Συνεργασίας. Αντιλαμβανόμαστε ότι η σταθερότητα του διεθνούς περιβάλλοντος είναι πολύ σημαντική για την καλύτερη και πιο αποτελεσματική διαχείριση της μετανάστευσης.

Statement by Commissioner Avramopoulos after his meeting with the Greek Migration Minister Mr Yannis Mousalas and the Greek Alternate Minister for Citizens Protection Mr Nikos Toskas, Athens 15/5/2017

15 May 2017

We are certainly not where we were two years ago. During those past two years, we have made important progress. However, the issue is still relevant; No-one can predict what will come in the future. Surely, both the European Union and the Member States, especially Greece and Italy - the frontline states, are now prepared.

Press Release: European Commission welcomes the Council adoption of visa liberalisation for the citizens of Ukraine. Statement by Commissioner Avramopoulos, Brussels 11/5/2017

11 May 2017

One year ago, I was in Kiev to personally congratulate the Ukrainian government for the tremendous efforts they have made to implement the reforms set out under the visa liberalisation process. Today, I am pleased to see that we are reaching the end of the process and I welcome the Council's adoption of visa liberalisation for Ukraine – a final step towards visa-free travel to the Schengen area for Ukrainian citizens.

Speech by Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos in Athens on the Day of Europe, 9/5/2017

9 May 2017

And at this point, I can't hide my concern about what is happening in the wider Balkan neighborhood, where the exacerbation of populism and nationalism, and contrary to peoples' expectation to join the European family, lead to a "re-balkanisation", not only in geographical terms but also historic, of this delicate corner of the European Continent.


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