It is now proven beyond doubt, that cyberspace is one more battleground against organised crime and terrorism – whichever form this takes.
Mr Dimitris Avramopoulos gives a keynote speech at the event on 'Preventing terrorist use of the internet'. The event is co-hosted by French President Emmanuel Macron, British Prime Minister Theresa May and Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni.
In order to stem the irregular flows to Europe, we have 3 main priorities: continuing our efforts in and around Libya, stepping up returns and enhancing legal channels, both for protection and legal migration more generally.
On security, the recent attacks have shown that the threat is there. We have to keep working and cooperating with all stakeholders in order to ensure more security first of all for our citizens, to step up cooperation and interoperability, keep exchanging information and fostering trust between us.
This should be seen as the strong basis for further joint action in the years ahead. With trust, we all need to work together, EU institutions and Agencies with Member States, to put in place a genuine and effective Security Union.
While we still have many challenges ahead of us, both now and in the long term, we have already made enormous progress – achieving more in the past two years than what was possible in the twenty before it.
The work on our policies continues and I think we will have to meet a lot. But today, we dedicate the discussion on the latest developments on our work on interoperability, and, closely linked to that, our proposal to strengthen eu-LISA.
Mr Avramopoulos was instrumental in the EU-Turkish scheme which, while by no means perfect, has cut the flow of migrants through southeastern Europe to a fraction of 2015 levels by giving Syrian refugees temporary status in Turkey.
L'Europa deve resistere ai venti del populismo che minacciano i suoi valori ma "al tempo stesso dobbiamo gestire meglio i nostri confini europei e i flussi migratori":
The European Commission is not just discovering this issue now. When Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker took office, he created the position of EU migration commissioner because he knew that migration had to be the number one priority for our mandate.
Europe means solidarity and this is what today's decision is about. The Commission has been standing side by side with Greece from day one and together we have come a long way.
Fragmentation makes us all vulnerable. Unity and trust by enhancing cooperation and facilitating information exchange between our Member States is the only way for the EU to bring concrete added value and ensure the security and safety of European citizens.
Looking at the results achieved so far, one thing is very clear: relocation works if the political will is there. What we need now is a final push to achieve our common goal of relocating the vast majority of the asylum seekers present and eligible in Greece and Italy by September.